• Kyodo


Police on Monday turned over to prosecutors their case against three rail traffic controllers over the 2005 derailment of an East Japan Railway Co. express train caused by strong winds that killed five passengers and injured 33 in Yamagata Prefecture.

Accusing the JR East controllers of professional negligence resulting in death and injury, the police said they should have halted the train in light of reports that strong winds had affected operations on a different line nearby.

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