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Over 70 injured as Hong Kong light-rail train derails

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At least 77 people were injured after a light-rail train derailed in Hong Kong on Friday afternoon. It was the most serious derailment in the 25-year history of the transport system that is essential to Hong Kong’s northwest New Territories.

The 77 injured people, aged between six months and 70 years, have been taken to five hospitals. Four were in serious condition. The train derailed at about 4.15 pm as it made a turn of nearly 45 degrees from Kiu Hing Road to Castle Peak Road. Both of the train’s two carriages carried more than 150 passengers.

Police investigating the cause said they did not rule out mechanical problems or human error. The MTR Corporation, which runs the light rail system, said it would check the black box records on the train to help determine what happened. So far services on five routes have been suspended. Free shuttle buses are being provided. Service is expected to resume early Saturday morning.

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