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Subway Accident

Beijing subway train derailed during testing of new section of tracks

A Line 4 subway train derails in Beijing near the south 4th Ring Road during a trial run at around 10:20am on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The train failed to halt in time whilst running on the line's new overground section. No casualties have been reported. The area has been cordoned off. Photo:

A Beijing subway train derailed and two of its coaches ran onto a field during a trial run on a new section of track on May 3, 2014.

The train is part of Line 4, which runs north to south and is operated by the Beijing MTR Corporation, partly owned by Hong Kong's MTR Corporation.

The incident came during tests on an overground section of an extension. The train failed to halt in time and two coaches went off the rails and onto the field. Two cranes were used to remove the coaches, according to the website of The Beijing News.

The operator said on its official Weibo account that it was investigating the cause of the incident, and that services remained unaffected.

The Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail network that serves the urban and suburban districts of Beijing municipality. The subway is owned by the city of Beijing and has two operators, the wholly state-owned Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp., which operates 14 lines, and the Beijing MTR Corp., a public-private joint venture with the Hong Kong MTR, which manages the other three lines.

The subway is the oldest metro system in Chinese mainland. The first line opened in 1969, and it has grown to 17 lines, 232 stations and 465 km (289 mi) of track in operation, making it the third longest subway system in the world after Seoul and Shanghai. The subway ranked second in the world in annual ridership after Seoul, with 3.209 billion trips delivered in 2013.

The subway has undergone rapid expansion as all but two of the 17 lines entered service since 2002. The most recent expansion came into effect on December 28, 2013 with the opening of two sections on Line 8. The existing network still cannot adequately meet the city's mass transit needs and extensive expansion plans call for 19 lines and over 708 km (440 mi) of track in operation by 2015 and 1,050 km (650 mi) of track by

Subway trains crash in South Korean

Damaged subway trains are seen at a subway station in Seoul May 2, 2014. Photo: REUTERS

Over 200 people were injured as two trains collided in the subway of South Korea's capital. About 150 were reportedly hospitalized with mostly minor injuries, while around 1,000 commuters were safely evacuated.

The accident occurred on Line 2 of the subway in east Seoul at around 15:35 local time (06:35 GMT). One train ran into the back of another, which had stopped between stations due to a mechanical problem.

According to a preliminary investigation, the train's automatic distance control system may have malfunctioned, the Associated Press reported, citing officials.

The driver of the moving train said he applied the emergency brake after noticing a stop signal but wasn't able to halt in time, Seoul Metro official Jeong Su-young said.

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