South Korean railway workers inspect two damaged trains after they collided at Sangwangsimni station in Seoul on May 2, 2014.
South Korean railway workers inspect two damaged trains after they collided at Sangwangsimni station in Seoul on May 2, 2014. Jung Yeon-Je—AFP/Getty Images

Train Crash in South Korea Injures 200

May 02, 2014

A subway crash in the South Korean capital injured about 200 commuters on Friday afternoon. No one was killed in the crash, though the accident deepens wounds left by an April ferry accident that left hundreds dead or missing.

An incoming train crashed into one that was already at a subway station in Seoul, Reuters reports. The accident was reportedly the result of a mechanical failure and missed signals; officials said at a news conference Friday that the driver of the incoming train tried to apply the emergency break after noticing a stop signal, but the train did not stop fast enough.

Friday’s passengers were reportedly told by train operators to stay in place, though most ignored the order and pried open doors to escape. Most of the passengers injured Friday suffered from minor injuries.

[Reuters]

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