Train Collision in South Korea Kills One, Injures More Than 80

A passenger train collided with a stationary train in South Korea, leaving one person dead and injuring more than 80, the latest in a series of accidents that include the sinking of the Sewol ferry in April.

The collision occurred at around 5:50 p.m. local time between Taebaek and Mungok stations, east of the capital Seoul, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said in an e-mailed statement. A passenger train overran Mungok station and ran into a second train that was stopped on the line.

Blurred photos broadcast on YTN television showed crumpling of both trains caused by the collision. There were about 40 passengers on the moving train and 63 on the stationary train, which had been heading to Gangneung from Cheongryangri Station in Seoul, the ministry said. Four people were seriously injured, with 82 suffering minor injuries, according to the statement.

The incident comes after two trains collided on the Seoul subway system in May and three months after the Sewol ferry sank off the country’s southwest coast, leaving more than 300 dead and missing, the majority high school students.

Calls to Korail’s headquarters in Daejeon seeking further details were unanswered. An official at the company’s Seoul office said earlier it was still investigating the cause of the collision, asking not to be named citing company policy.

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