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WorldEight injured after Hong Kong train derails at rush hour

18:17  17 september  2019
18:17  17 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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A passenger train has derailed during the morning rush hour in Hong Kong , forcing the evacuation of 500 passengers and leaving eight people injured . The cause of the derailment was still under investigation but there was no immediate suggestion of foul play after previous attacks by

BEIJING (Sputnik) - At least eight people were injured after a subway train derailed in Hong Kong during rush hour on Tuesday, the South China Morning Post reported.

HONG KONG, Sept 17 (Reuters) - A rare train derailment disrupted services in Hong Kong on Tuesday, the rail operator said, threatening commuter chaos during rush hour.

Eight injured after Hong Kong train derails at rush hour© ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images This aerial picture shows rescue workers standing on a railway track near a passenger train, after it derailed during rush hour outside Hung Hom station on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong on September 17, 2019. - A passenger train derailed during the morning rush hour in Hong Kong on September 17 leaving three people injured, authorities said.

The disruption to a usually seamless network used by nearly 6 million people every weekday happened after a train derailed while leaving a station in the Kowloon area, rail operator MTR Corp said.

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A passenger train derailed during the morning rush hour in Hong Kong today leaving eight people injured . Pictures from the scene showed three Hundreds of passengers had to be evacuated from carriages after a derailment . Eight people left injured when three carriages came off the tracks in

A passenger train derailed during the morning rush hour in Hong Kong on Tuesday leaving eight people injured , authorities said. The cause of the derailment was still under investigation but there was no immediate suggestion of foul play after previous attacks by pro-democracy protesters on the

The government's information department said eight people were injured and five had been taken to hospital.

Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen, chairman of MTR Corp, told reporters that a derailment had not happened in many years and the cause was not immediately clear.

"We will work together with the government to find out the truth as soon as possible so as to continue to provide safe services," he said.

"We apologize that our passengers were injured in the accident."

Hong Kong's rail system has been a target of vandalism during recent pro-democracy protests, with activists angry that MTR has closed stations to stop protesters gathering.

Television footage showed hundreds of passengers trying to get off the derailed train. Public broadcaster RTHK said the train had suddenly swayed and a door had flown off before the train stopped.

Nearby stations were overcrowded, and intervals between trains were extended to 12 minutes from two.

MTR's shares fell 1.1% in line with the broader Hang Seng Index, which was down 1%.

(Reporting by Donny Kwok and Farah Master; Editing by Jane Wardell and Kevin Liffey)

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