Crash paralyzes South Korea rail line

AFP-JIJI

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.

  • Hairee Pothead

    At least the crash was not as bad as China and Spain but Korea is now added to the list of countries now defeated by the Japanese Shinkansen and French TGV as far as safety records go.