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Seoul subway train smash

Friday, May 02, 2014 - 00:27

May 2 - About 170 people are injured in Seoul subway crash. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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PLEASE NOTE: RESENDING SCRIPT WITH UPDATED RESTRICTIONS A subway train in the South Korean capital Seoul crashed into another one at a station on Friday, injuring about 170 people, news reports and the emergency services said, although no one appeared to be seriously hurt. Witnesses said one train was leaving Sangwangsimni station in the east of the capital when it was hit from the rear by an incoming train. One subway car was derailed and passengers walked a short distance along the tracks to the station, YTN television said. Many of the injuries were caused by passengers jumping from the subway cars onto the tracks, a government emergency official said. A doctor at a hospital near the station said injured people were walking in for treatment and did not appear to be seriously hurt. A witness who said he was a passenger in one of the trains said it rammed into a train in front of it as it approached a station. He said he saw blood on the floor of a train car. An onboard announcement initially told passengers to stay inside, but most people ignored it and forced the doors open to escape, he said. The accident came just over two weeks after a South Korean ferry capsized and sank leaving 300 dead or missing in the submerged hull of the ship in the country's worst disaster in 20 years. Most those who died in the ferry sinking off the southwest coast on April 16 were schoolchildren who were told by the crew to stay inside the vessel, even as the crew left.

Seoul subway train smash

Friday, May 02, 2014 - 00:27

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