A train travelling between Seoul and the northern city of Busan has derailed, killing more than 200 people.
The accident occurred early on Saturday morning when the train was travelling from Busan’s Terminal 2 to Taegu, in the north-eastern corner of the country.
More than 60 people were confirmed dead, with many others injured.
Seoul Governor Lee Sang-gyun said that the train carrying a number of people from the Seoul International Airport was traveling at 130 kilometres per hour when it derailed.
He said that more than 100 people died in the accident.
“The train was carrying people with disabilities,” he told reporters on Sunday.
But we believe at least 120 people were on the railings. “
We can’t say yet how many people died on the train.
I can’t confirm that. “
There were many people on the tracks.
I can’t confirm that.
We don’t have information on how many were injured.
We are still looking for survivors,” he added.
‘I’ve never seen such a tragedy’ Another eyewitness, who wished to remain anonymous, told the South Korean broadcaster, TVN, that the incident was “so horrible”.
“I’ve been on the platform before and never seen anything like it.
It was a tragic accident,” he said.
We were told that the doors were locked and we were not allowed to move the train, so we stayed there, we watched the train for a few minutes.””
As we got on board, there were a number people on board.
We were told that the doors were locked and we were not allowed to move the train, so we stayed there, we watched the train for a few minutes.”
We were all sitting in the back of the car and were not told where we were, but we heard a loud crash, and then the train derailed.
I’ve never heard anything like that before. “
People were crying.
I’ve never heard anything like that before.
It’s so terrible, and so tragic.”
The train was reportedly carrying about 100 passengers.
It will be taken to Taego Railway Station for repairs.
The South Korean Railways said that it was sending more than 10 tonnes of emergency supplies and additional fuel to the station, while the operator is also working to transport the passengers to the nearest hospital.
It is not known what caused the derailment.
The train left the Terminal 2 station at 9:15am (19:15 GMT).
Busan Railway Station, where the train left, was closed on Sunday, and commuters were advised to take buses to the airport.
‘No warning signs’ A spokeswoman for the Busan railway told the Associated Press news agency that the station was closed because of a fire in the station.
“Busan Railway is investigating the cause of the derailage, and is monitoring the situation closely,” she said.