19 injured after trains collide in Kawasaki
The first two cars of a train derailed after colliding into the rear of another stopped train at Motosumiyoshi Station in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Saturday morning, injuring at least 19 people.
According to police, the accident occurred at 12:30 a.m. on the Tokyu Tokoyo line. TBS quoted police as saying that the driver of the train failed to apply the brake in time and rear-ended the train that was at the platform. All the injured passengers were in the two cars that derailed.
Tokyu Rail Co officials said that unexpectedly large amounts of snow had disrupted the train schedule, causing a shorter interval between trains. Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the collision to see why the automatic train control (ATC) system did not work.