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Mechanical failure blamed for Seoul train collision

Published on May 3, 2014 3:44 PM
 
An official looks at a damaged subway train at a subway station in Seoul on May 2, 2014. A malfunctioning automatic stopping system caused the collision of two subway trains in Seoul, officials said on Saturday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - A malfunctioning automatic stopping system caused the collision of two subway trains in Seoul, officials said on Saturday.

A moving train slammed into the rear of another, which had stopped at Sangwangsimni station in eastern Seoul on Friday, leaving more than 200 people injured. One elderly woman was seriously hurt, while more than 150 required some sort of treatment - mainly for cuts and sprains.

“The Automatic Train Stop system (ATS) installed at Sangwangsimni station failed to function properly,” Seoul Metro President Chang Jung Woo told journalists. ATS is designed to control the distance between trains, and should activate when the two trains were within 200 metres of each other.

But the system malfunctioned and the following train came too close to the stationary train, leaving little time for the driver to brake.

 
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