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South Korea trains collide, killing one and injuring dozens

Published on Jul 22, 2014 6:02 PM
 
Two passenger trains collided in Taebaek, 200km south-east of Seoul, on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring dozens, a hospital official and police said, in the latest in a string of accidents that has rattled the country. -- PHOTO: THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK 

SEOUL (REUTERS) - Two passenger trains collided in South Korea on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring dozens, a hospital official and police said, in the latest in a string of accidents that has rattled the country.

A commuter train and a tourist train collided in Taebaek, a resort area about 200 km southeast of Seoul. A police official said more than 70 people had been injured, but declined to confirm any deaths.

In April, a ferry capsized on its way to the resort island of Jeju, killing more than 300 people, most of them children, a disaster that provoked grief and outrage.

That was followed by a fire at a shopping mall that killed eight and a fire at a hospital for the elderly that killed 21. Nearly 200 people were injured in two subway accidents in Seoul earlier this year.

 
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