One injured as blackout halts Japanese bullet trains

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A passenger was injured after a blackout halted three Japanese bullet trains travelling through the nation’s western Fukuoka Prefecture on Saturday.

The Sakura 561 bullet train carrying some 500 people was travelling between the Kokura and Hakata stations on the Sanyo Shinkansen line when an aluminium plate weighing 6.5 kg reportedly fell off the train while it was travelling at a speed of 285 kph.

Authorities say the blackout occurred when the detached plate damaged a wire supplying electricity to the train’s overhead cables, forcing the train to come to a sudden stop. A 26-year-old female passenger reportedly sustained minor injuries in the incident.

The blackout caused the delay of 53 trains, affecting a total of 15,100 travellers.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Sanyo Shinkansen line and location of the incident.
2. An aluminium plate falling off the train
3. The plate hitting both the tunnel wall and train
4. A passenger sustaining minor injuries
5. A representation of the black out

VOICEOVER (in English):

The Sakura 561 bullet train was carrying some 500 people when an aluminium plate weighing 6.5 kg reportedly fell off the train while it was travelling at a speed of 285 kph.

Authorities say the blackout occurred when the detached plate damaged a wire supplying electricity to the train’s overhead cables, forcing it to come to a sudden stop.

The plate reportedly hit both the tunnel wall and train, damaging the latter in 39 places.

A 26-year-old female passenger who had a window seat sustained minor injuries to her wrist and elbow.

Lights and air conditioning inside the train were out of order following the incident, thereby increasing the temperature within the train’s cabins. No cases of heat stroke reportedly occurred.

SOURCES: The Japan Times, The Japan News
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/08/10/national/police-probe-possible-negligence-fukuoka-shinkansen-electricity-failure/#.VclncJNVikp
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002345127