• Kyodo


A memorial ceremony was held Wednesday to mark the seventh anniversary of a deadly train derailment in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, attended by about 1,100 survivors, victims’ next of kin and officials of West Japan Railway Co..

At 9:18 a.m., the time the speeding commuter train jumped a tight curve and slammed into an apartment building on April 25, 2005, the participants offered silent prayers for the 107 victims during the ceremony held at a public hall about 2 km from the accident site. The crash claimed 106 passengers and the driver, and left 562 others injured.

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