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One killed, 8 injured as S. Korea train derails

/ 04:10 PM April 22, 2016
South Korea railway workers struggle to put a derailed passenger train back on track in the southern port city of Yeosu on April 22, 2016. The train derailed early on April 22, leaving the locomotive driver dead and eight passengers injured.   AFP PHOTO / YONHAP

South Korea railway workers struggle to put a derailed passenger train back on track in the southern port city of Yeosu on April 22, 2016. The train derailed early on April 22, leaving the locomotive driver dead and eight passengers injured. AFP PHOTO / YONHAP

SEOUL—A South Korean passenger train that took a curved section of track at three times the recommended speed derailed Friday, killing an engineer and injuring eight people, police and rail officials said.

According to the national rail operator, KORAIL, the locomotive and four of the train’s seven carriages jumped the tracks near Yulchon station, some 330 kilometers (200 miles) south of Seoul.

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The train was carrying 27 people, including two locomotive engineers, one of whom was killed in the accident.

Yonhap news agency quoted police as saying the train was rounding a bend at 127 kilometers per hour, when it should have been moving at less than 50kph.

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The second engineer was reportedly in a serious condition, while another seven people suffered mostly minor injuries.

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