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40 hurt in morning subway accident in South Korea

Published on Nov 22, 2012 1:38 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - More than 40 people were injured, some of them seriously, when a subway train rammed into the back of another on Thursday in South Korea's southern port city of Busan.

The first train, packed with morning commuters, had come to a halt in a tunnel after developing engine trouble, YTN TV reported.

A second following train had discharged its passengers at a station and was then sent to help shunt the stranded train to safety, but instead slammed into its back at speed as it rounded a corner.

The force of the impact derailed the stalled train whose passengers were violently pitched forward, resulting in numerous injuries, including bone fractures, the report said.