More than 30 people killed, 1,800 injured after train crashes in Japan
At least 30 people have died and at least 1,400 have been injured after a train crashed into a busy pedestrian crossing in Tokyo on Saturday.
A train crashed just after 10 p.m.
(1100 GMT) on the northbound side of the Ichigaya line at the entrance to the Tokyo station, injuring people on both sides, the city’s emergency services director said.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, but it’s not yet clear how the train struck the pedestrian crossing, he said.
Naoki Yoshida condemned the crash and urged the authorities to do everything possible to contain the situation.
The city’s traffic bureau has sent out a notice for a safety-conscious public to avoid the area where the crash occurred, which includes the intersection of Ibaraki Street and Tsuchiyama Street, in the capital’s northern suburbs.
“We want to express our deepest sympathy to the families and loved ones of those who were injured,” Yoshida said.
In a separate incident, a passenger train derailed on the same track in Osaka.
A second passenger train, carrying more than 3,000 passengers, was stopped just before the crossing, causing a massive explosion.
The injured were taken to a nearby hospital.