15 people were injured on Tuesday afternoon after a train hit a truck at the intersection in the southern Japanese town of Takasago, Hyogo Prefecture.
13 passengers of the 70 that were on the train were hurt. The truck diver was slightly injured, while the driver of the train suffered multiple fractures. However, the latter is not in a life-threatening condition.
“There is a possibility that the number of injured will increase,” a police spokesman said.
The vehicle had stalled while crossing the tracks, causing the collision, according to the international press. “According to people in the neighbourhood, the trailer stalled at the crossing and the express train crashed into it,” one report said.
The accident occurred at around 3:50 p.m. at a crossing near Arai Station.
Two of the train’s six cars had gone off the rails, moving around 200 yards before stopping at the end of a station platform.
The train was operated by Sanyo Electric Railway Co. The company, based in Kobe, operates the railway line linking Kobe with Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture.