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Train derails after hitting truck in Yokohama, leaving 1 dead, 30 injured

A truck is seen burning after it collided with a train on the Keikyu Main Line in Yokohama on the morning of Sept. 5, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Naoyuki Matsuo, a passenger on the train)

YOKOHAMA -- A train derailed after colliding with a truck near Kanagawa-shinmachi Station on the Keikyu Main Line in Yokohama's Kanagawa Ward shortly before noon on Sept. 5, causing the truck to burst into flames and leaving a man dead and some 30 others injured.

Kanagawa Prefectural Police identified the deceased man as the 67-year-old driver of the truck. A train passenger in her 20s was seriously injured.

At around 11:40 a.m., an eight-carriage rapid limited express and a truck collided at a crossing between Kanagawa-shinmachi and Nakakido stations on the Keikyu Main Line, causing several carriages of the train to derail.

Kanagawa Prefectural Police and Keikyu Corp. are scrambling to identify the cause of the accident. The Japan Transport Safety Board dispatched inspectors to the site. The collision prompted the railway operator to suspend services between Keikyu Kawasaki and Kamiooka stations.

The area where a truck collided with a train between Kanagawa-shinmachi and Nakakido stations on the Keikyu Main Line is seen in Yokohama's Kanagawa Ward in this photo taken from a Mainichi helicopter. (Mainichi)

According to Keikyu Corp. and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the train bound for Misakiguchi departed from Aoto Station at 10:47 a.m. Carriages toward the front are believed to have derailed. All passengers have disembarked from the train.

An iron tower along the tracks was bent due to the impact of the collision and dark smoke was seen rising from the area.

(Japanese original by Shotaro Kinoshita, Yokohama Bureau, and Atsushi Matsumoto, City News Department)

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