• Short Summary

    RESCUE WORKERS TOILED IN DRIVING RAIN MAY 4 AMID THE WRECKAGE OF THE THREE-TRAIN DISASTER THAT KILLED MORE THAN 160 PERSONS THE PREVIOUS DAY.

  • Description

    RESCUE WORKERS TOILED IN DRIVING RAIN MAY 4 AMID THE WRECKAGE OF THE THREE-TRAIN DISASTER THAT KILLED MORE THAN 160 PERSONS THE PREVIOUS DAY. FIVE EMPLOYEES OF JAPAN NATIONAL RAILROAD WERE UNDER ARREST ON THE CHARGE OF BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DISASTER - THE SECOND-WORST TRAIN WRECK IN POST WAR JAPAN.

    POLICE HAD TO CHANCE THE DEATH TOLL SEVERAL TIMES - DUE TO THE DIFFICULTY OF COUNTING DISMEMBERED BODIES AT THE WRECKAGE ACCURATELY. THE NUMBER OF SERIOUSLY INJURED WAS PUT AT 141, WITH 242 LESS BADLY HURT.

    REACTION WAS SWIFT : RAILWAY PRESIDENT SHINJI SOGO SAID THE ACCIDENT WAS CAUSED BY "THE CARELESSNESS" OF RAILWAY OFFICIALS. AUTHORITIES ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR IMMEDIATE CASH PAYMENTS TO FAMILIES OF PERSONS KILLED AND TO VICTIMS OF INJURIES. THE OPPOSITION SOCIALIST PARTY DEMANDED A DEBATE IN PARLIAMENT ON THE MANAGEMENT OF THE RAILWAY, A PUBLIC UTILITY PARTY OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT. RAILROAD WORKERS' UNIONS ACCUSED THE MANAGEMENT OF OVERLOADING TOKYO'S CROWDED TRAIN LINES IN DEFIANCE OF UNION WARNINGS.

    DOCTORS AND NURSES AT 23 HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN THE AREA WORKED NON-STOP TO SUCCOUR THE TIDE OF VICTIMS NEEDING IMMEDIATE OPERATION AND BLOOD TRANSFUSION. AT TIMES THEIR WORK WAS HAMPERED BY THE CITY'S CURRENT WATER SHORTAGE AND EMERGENCY SUPPLIES HAD TO BE DELIVERED BY FIRE BRIGADE TANKERS. RELATIVES AND FRIENDS BESIEGED INFORMATION DESKS AT THE HOSPITALS FOR NEWS AND READ DOWN THE LONG LISTS OF DEAD AND INJURED.

    MEANWHILE POLICE COMPILED THE DISASTER DOSSIER, INTERVIEWING THE DRIVER OF THE FIRST TRAIN TO CRASH - A GOODS TRAIN - INTO WHICH PLOUGHED TWO CROWDED PASSENGER TRAINS, AND QUESTIONING SCORES OF RAIL STAFF AND EYEWITNESSES.

    AMID THE CONFUSION, THE GRIEF AND THE WATER SHORTAGE, THERE WAS ALSO A BREAK IN ELECTRICITY SUPPLIES - THE SMASH OF THE TRAINS, TWO OF THEM ELECTRIC, CUT THE POWER, HAMPERING IMMEDIATE RESCUE OPERATIONS. ON TOP OF THAT : THE ROADS LEADING TO THE CRASH IN THE DENSELY POPULATED SUBURB WERE SO NARROW THAT AMBULANCES WERE UNABLE TO PASS EACH OTHER.

    THE YARDS OF HOUSES NEARBY, LOCAL HALLS AND HOSPITAL ROOMS BECAME TEMPORARY MORGUES. WEEPING MOTHERS AND WIVES PICKED THEIR WAY THROUGH THE ROWS OF COFFINS IN A BID TO IDENTIFY THE CORPSES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4GIOR514QDEED9N31E8G4WNY9
    Media URN:
    VLVA4GIOR514QDEED9N31E8G4WNY9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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