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High-speed bullet train derails in Japan: Media

Published on Mar 2, 2013 7:59 PM
 
A derailed Akita Shinkansen train is seen in Daisen, Akita prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Saturday, March 2, 2013. The Japanese bullet train carrying about 130 passengers and crew derailed in heavy snow in northern Japan on Saturday, although there were no reports of injuries, media reports said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS/KYODO

TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese bullet train carrying about 130 passengers and crew derailed in heavy snow in northern Japan on Saturday, although there were no reports of injuries, media reports said.

The first car of the "Komachi" No. 25 bullet train came off the rails on the high-speed Akita Shinkansen line in Akita, Japan's national broadcaster NHK and other media said.

But there were no reports of injuries or casualties following the accident, NHK said, showing footage of railway officials checking the wheels of the train bound for Akita station.

NHK said the driver had brought the train to an emergency stop after hearing a loud noise.

 
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