SEOUL – A collision between a bullet train and a local passenger train Saturday paralyzed a key South Korean rail artery, transport officials said, but there were no serious injuries.
The high-speed train was rammed onto its side by the local train as it was traveling through Daegu railway station, the Transport Ministry said in a statement.
Eleven passenger coaches, including 10 from the high-speed train, were derailed in the accident, which paralyzed the crucial route between Seoul and the southern city of Busan for nearly three hours.
All passengers — 870 on both trains — were safely evacuated and taken by bus or taxi to nearby East Daegu Station.
Yonhap news agency said a few passengers suffered minor cuts as they attempted to escape through the windows.