42 victims mourn 31 years after head-on collision with train

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Koka, Shiga Prefecture, May 14 (Jiji Press)–A ceremony was held on Saturday to honor the 42 victims of a train collision that occurred exactly 31 years ago in Shiga Prefecture, western Japan.

Attendees of the ceremony, held in front of a cenotaph erected near the crash site, included Senjiro Masaki, president of Shigaraki Kohgen Railway Co. (SKR), and Kazuaki Hasegawa, president of West Japan Railway Co., or JR West, as well as bereaved parents.

They laid flowers at the cenotaph and observed a minute of silence for the victims.

Attendance at the annual memorial ceremony has been limited for the third consecutive year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The presidents of the two railroad companies offered their written messages for the victims at the cenotaph, instead of reading them.

On May 14, 1991, an SKR train and a JR West train collided head-on on SKR’s single-track Shigaraki Line in Shigaraki City, now Koka City, killing 42 and injuring over 600.

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