Sanyo Shinkansen damaged after hitting person in tunnel


The nose of a 700 series Nozomi Shinkansen was severely damaged some time after 2pm today within Kitakyushu City after coming into contact with a person at high speed in a tunnel between Kokura and Hakata stations.

The train was taken out of service at Shin-Shimonoseki Station with delays reported on the line from Kagoshima Station in southern Kyushu all the way to Shin-Osaka Station.

Photos of the train show a large hole in the left front of the train’s nose cone and what appear to be blood stains.

No information has been released about the presumed victim of the incident.

(Image above is a file photo of a Shinkansen stopped at Kyoto Station).

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This post was written by Japan Rail Tickets