• Short Summary

    A LANDSLIDE NEAR THE SHIROYANA TUNNEL OF THE KOKURIKU MAIN RAILWAY LINE IN NIIGATA PREFECTURE IN CENTRAL JAPAN KILLED FOUR PERSONS AND INJURED EIGHT OTHERS OF MARCH 16.

  • Description

    A LANDSLIDE NEAR THE SHIROYANA TUNNEL OF THE KOKURIKU MAIN RAILWAY LINE IN NIIGATA PREFECTURE IN CENTRAL JAPAN KILLED FOUR PERSONS AND INJURED EIGHT OTHERS OF MARCH 16.

    THE 1000-FOOT WIDE AND 22-FOOT DEEP LANDSLIDE BURIED THIRTY-FOUR RAILSIDE HOMES AND DERAILED A SEVEN-COACH PASSENGER TRAIN.

    SCORES OF PASSENGERS ESCAPED INJURY AND POSSIBLE BURIAL BY LEAPING FROM THEIR CARS AND SCURRYING INTO A TUNNEL.ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY SEVEN PERSONS LIVING IN THE AREA LEFT THEIR HOMES BEFORE THE SLIDES BEGAN.

    THE AREA HAS A LONG BEEN KNOWN FOR ITS LANDSLIDE DANGERS SINCE THEY FIRST HIT THE TRACKS IN THE AREA IN 1910, TEN OTHERS HAVE OCCURRED.

    THE DISASTER OCCURRED AT THE MOUTH OF THE NATIONAL RAILWAY HIKURIKU TRUNK LINE'S HAKUSAN TUNNEL AT 4.35 P.M.ON SATURDAY, MARCH 16, JUST BEFORE THE TRAIN STEAMED OUT OF THE TUNNEL TO SLAM INTO A RIVER OF MUD AND SAND WEIGH COVERED THE TRACK AND A NEIGHBOURING HIGHWAY.

    THE TRAIN REMAINED UPRIGHT - THOUGH THE ENGINE AND TWO COACHES JUMPED THE TRACKS - AND THE ENGINEER AND OTHER NATIONAL RAILWAY WORKERS HERDED SOME ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY PASSENGERS, INCLUDING TWO SLIGHTLY INJURED, INTO THE TUNNEL AS THEY SENSED THE SECOND SLIDE COMING.

    MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED POLICEMEN VERY MUSTERED FOR RESCUE WORK AMONG THE BURIED HOUSES IN THE TOWN OF NOU, WHERE REMAINING HOMES WERE THREATENED BY MORE LANDSLIDE.THE RESCUERS WERE LATER JOINED BY SIX HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SIX GROUND SELF-DEFENSE FORCE TROOPERS.

    EARLY RESCUE EFFORTS ARE HAMPERED BY FIRS THAT BROKE OUT IN FIVE HOUSES AS THE FIRST LANDSLIDE STRUCK.OFFICIALS ATTRIBUTED THESE TO OVERTURNED STOVES.

    WITH THE TRACKS BURIED, NATIONAL RAILWAYS CANCELLED THE OPERATIONS OF NINE TRAINS ON THE HOKURIKU LINE ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

    TELEPHONE COMMUNICATIONS WERE CUT OFF AND THE MOUNTAIN OF MUD CREATED, A BARRICADE BETWEEN RESCUE WORKERS APPROACHING FROM OPPOSITE SIDES.COMMUNICATION WAS MARRIED ON SOLELY BY PORTABLE LOUDSPEAKERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAP8TC9IHSREI89NLQKWBGJRS7
    Media URN:
    VLVAP8TC9IHSREI89NLQKWBGJRS7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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