• Kyushu Rail declines to comment on when service to be restored
  • No injuries in derailment of out-of-service train last night

Kyushu Railway Co., which operates trains on Japan’s southwestern island, halted all bullet-line services after an earthquake derailed out-of-service coaches last night near Kumamoto station.

The railway is leaving the accident site untouched amid aftershocks and pending a full investigation of the derailing, said Yusuke Nanri, a Kyushu Railway spokesman. He declined to comment on when the company would be able to restore service.

No one was injured when the train left its tracks during an 6.5-magnitude earthquake last night that elsewhere left nine people dead, caused fires and injured hundreds. The derailment was the fourth such accident on a bullet-train line in the half century since high-speed rail was introduced in Japan in 1964.

Kyushu Railway still plans an initial public offering in the year started April 1, Nanri said, without commenting further on the planned sale. The company in 2012 said it planned to sell shares to the public this fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2017.

The company was formed in 1987, when Japan’s national rail operator was privatized and split into regional entities. Based in the southwestern city of Fukuoka, Kyushu Railway has more than 9,000 employees and 35 group companies.

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