Five people hurt as train hits stalled truck in Saitama

Kyodo

A train derailed Tuesday morning when it struck a stalled truck at a crossing on the Chichibu Railway Co. line in Nagatoro, Saitama Prefecture, slightly injuring the train driver and four passengers, police said.

They arrested the truck driver, Rie Miyashita, 31, who was quoted as telling investigators that “the vehicle stalled there because the clutch wasn’t working.”

Miyashita said he left the truck to search for the emergency stop button.

The first car of the three-car train with 34 passengers on board derailed on impact. The Transport Safety Board dispatched two investigators to the accident site.