S.Korea train derails killing engineer, injuring 8

By Reuters/Hooyeon Kim   April 22, 2016 | 02:07 pm GMT+7
A South Korean passenger train derailed near the southern city of Yeosu on Friday, killing an engineer and injuring eight others, the railway operator said.
S.Korea train derails killing engineer, injuring 8

Employees of Korea Railroad Corp (KORAIL) examine the derailed Mugunghwa train in Yeosu, South Korea, April 22, 2016. Hwang Hee-kyu/News1 via REUTERS

S.Korea train derails killing engineer, injuring 8

Employees of Korea Railroad Corp (KORAIL) examine the derailed Mugunghwa train in Yeosu, South Korea, April 22, 2016. Hwang Hee-kyu/News1 via REUTERS

S.Korea train derails killing engineer, injuring 8

Employees of Korea Railroad Corp (KORAIL) examine the derailed Mugunghwa train in Yeosu, South Korea, April 22, 2016. Hwang Hee-kyu/News1 via REUTERS

S.Korea train derails killing engineer, injuring 8

Employees of Korea Railroad Corp (KORAIL) examine the derailed Mugunghwa train in Yeosu, South Korea, April 22, 2016. Hwang Hee-kyu/News1 via REUTERS

S.Korea train derails killing engineer, injuring 8

The derailed Mugunghwa train is seen in Yeosu, South Korea, April 22, 2016. Hwang Hee-kyu/News1 via REUTERS

 

The locomotive and four of the train's seven passenger cars derailed on a section of track undergoing maintenance as it approached Yulchon station, about 350 km (200 miles) south of Seoul, the national railway operator Korail said in a statement.

The train was likely speeding as it entered a curved section, Yonhap news agency said, quoting railway officials on the scene.

An official at the Transport ministry's Railway Police declined to conment on the cause of the accident which took place around 3:40 a.m. (1840 GMT), citing an ongoing investigation.

There were 27 people on board the overnight train that departed Seoul late on Thursday, including 22 passengers and three cabin crew members, Korail said.

The train's second engineer was hurt seriously and remains hospitalized, while seven passengers suffered minor injuries.

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