Dozens of people injured after train derails in Hong Kong

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Dozens of people were injured after a light passenger train derailed in Hong Kong’s northern suburbs on Friday.

Police said 62 people were hurt, four seriously, in the accident.

They were all sent to hospital.

Passengers told local media that the train was moving quite fast and going around a bend at the time of the derailing.

The incident occurred on a public holiday, when there were possibly more passengers on board than usual.

As a result of the accident, the train’s front carriage leaned off the tracks with its rear wheels appearing to have been torn off.

Hong Kong’s light rail system covers 68 stops over 36 kilometres (22 miles) in the city’s northern New Territories.

Accidents are rare on the Asian financial centre’s modern and extensive transportation network, which also includes subway and commuter trains.

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