Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

11 hurt in subway station explosion

The sinking of the ferry Sewol has sparked widespread protests across South Korea about transport safety (AP)

An electrical problem caused an explosion at a South Korean subway station, leaving 11 people with minor injuries.

A part of the train's electrical insulation device was damaged and triggered the explosion at a station in Gunpo city, just south of the capital Seoul, local emergency official Yoo Hyung-gi said. He said operations later resumed at the station.

The incident came as South Korean media ramped up their focus on allegations of widespread safety negligence in the country following a ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing last month. There is suspicion that the ferry set off with far more cargo than it could safely carry and that crew members abandoned passengers in need.

Earlier this month, a subway train ran into the back of another train at a station in Seoul, inflicting mostly minor injuries to more than 240 people.

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