On the 25th, it will be 17 years since a limited express train on the JR Uetsu Main Line derailed in Shonai Town, Yamagata Prefecture, killing five people.
A memorial service was held near the accident site, and the president of JR East mourned the deaths of those who died.
On December 25, 2005, the limited express train "Inaho No. 14" on the Uetsu Main Line, which was running in Shonai Town, Yamagata Prefecture, derailed, killing five passengers and injuring 33 others, including the crew.
On the 25th, the 17th anniversary of the accident, a memorial ceremony was held near the accident site, and four people, including JR East's president Yuji Fukasawa and executives, held a silent prayer at the memorial monument and then handed flowers to the deceased. mourned.
Localized gusts are thought to be the cause of the accident, and five years ago JR has been operating a system that predicts gusts using a dedicated radar that captures wind movement and stops train operations.
In addition, since last year, we have been operating a system that predicts gusts using AI (artificial intelligence).
JR East President Fukasawa said, "We deeply apologize to the bereaved families and everyone involved, and we pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased. While incorporating new technology, each employee operates the railway with safety awareness. I would like to proceed with efforts so that the accident will not be forgotten," he said.