Two trains came within 93 meters of a head-on collision at a station in Shiroishi, Saga Prefecture, on Friday.
JR Kyushu said the incident occurred just after noon at Hizen-Ryuo Station on the Nagasaki line. A train was stopped at the station when a limited express train mistakenly switched over onto the same track, Saga Shimbun reported Saturday. The driver saw the stationary train ahead and applied the emergency brake, bringing his train to a stop within 93 meters of the other train, preventing a potentially catastrophic head-on collision.
There were about 230 passengers on both trains but nobody was injured.
JR Kyushu officials apologized at a news conference on Friday night and said they will work with a team from the Japan Transport Safety Board to find out what caused the near miss.© Japan Today