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  • Trains Collide at Sangwangsimni Station on Seoul Metro Line 2

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  • At around 3:30pm on May 2, 2014, two Seoul Metro Line 2 trains, numbers 2258 and 2260, collided. The accident left 243 people injured, who were taken to nearby hospitals by a rescue team sent by the 119 Rescue Center. A repair team was immediately dispatched to the site of the accident to repair the damage. The subway trains resumed their course at precisely 12:17am, May 3, 2014.

    An eastbound train departed from Sindang Station, heading to Sangwangsimni Station (500-600R curve section) at 68 kilometers per hour. The conductor was slowing down to enter the station when he noticed that a train had stopped 120 meters ahead. Immediately, the conductor applied the emergency brake and the safety brake. However, due to the short braking distance, the train rear-ended the stationary train at 15 kilometers per hour, moving eight meters after both trains collided. After the conductor applied the emergency brake, the train continued to move 128 meters forward. A total of 249 people were taken to hospital. Among them, seven require surgery, but most will likely be released from hospital as their injuries are classified as minor.

    ※ Medical assistance for foreigners in Korea and in their home countries
    (Visit by Mayor Park Won Soon: May 3, 2014 (Sat) 08:55am-09:55am, 17 of the injured at Konkuk University Medical Center)

    ○ Promise to provide medical care and assistance for the injured Chinese visitors who will be departing on May 4, 2014 (Sun)
    - Provide support for patients to receive medical assistance where they wish (Korea or China)
    - Ask, through an interpreter, if the Chinese patients are satisfied with the medical care they are receiving and express gratitude for their patience
    ○ Provide Bahraini patients with medical assistance, surgery, and treatment in Korean hospitals

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government will conduct a special 90-day inspection of all subway lines, from May to July 2014, through a joint inspection team consisting of experts and representatives from corporations responsible for Seoul subway lines, including Seoul Metro (Lines 1-4), Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation (Lines 5-8), and Metro 9 (Line 9).

    All Seoul Metro Lines, 1 through 9, will be inspected, and major areas of focus will include the electricity supply at substations, the degree of abrasion and height of the tracks, braking and safety equipment, train radio system and radio base stations at subway stations, and signal and train control systems.

    Lines Substations Tracks Communications Signal Number of Cars
    1-9 95 312.5 km Radio communication ATS, ATC, ATO 3,614

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