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Tokyo's unmanned transit system suspended due to train car trouble.

TOKYO, April 14 Kyodo

Train services of the Yurikamome Line, an unmanned transit system that connects Tokyo's Shimbashi Station with waterfront areas along Tokyo Bay, were suspended Friday evening after a six-car train was stalled due to a broken axle, the operator of the train services said.

The train, which was bound for Shimbashi Station from Toyosu Station, came to a halt near Fune-no-kagakukan Station at around 5:05 p.m., the operator of the Tokyo Waterfront New Transit System said. None of 150 passengers aboard were injured.

All the services were suspended after the incident, but a part of the line connecting Toyosu and Ariake stations was resumed at around 6:30 p.m. after all the passengers on the train were evacuated.

The operator said an axle of a car of the train has been damaged.

The Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission of the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry has begun investigation into the cause of the accident.

Yurikamome is operated by computer without conductors and drivers, and its trains with rubber tires run on elevated tracks.

The Yurikamome started operating in November 1995. Its operator is 67.7 percent owned by the Tokyo metropolitan government.
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Date:Apr 17, 2006
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