Crew aboard a “shinkansen” bullet practice reported a burning scent and unusual noises when it pulled out of a station in southern Japan on Monday.
The practice stopped for checks at Nagoya station in central Japan and inspectors found a crack within the chassis beneath one carriage in addition to an oil leak.
If the practice had continued to run, the crack may have induced it to derail within the worst-case situation, transport officers mentioned.
About 1,000 passengers aboard have been unharmed they usually continued their journey on recent trains.
“We recognise it as a ‘severe incident’ because it was a unprecedented case… It may have led to an accident,” mentioned an official on the Japan Transport Security Board.
It’s the first such “severe incident” for the reason that predecessor to the security board was created in 2001, she mentioned.
“Now we have despatched three inspectors (to Nagoya) to search out out the trigger. Their report will embody measures to stop a recurrence,” mentioned the official, who declined to be named.
Japanese shinkansens have been derailed earlier than attributable to earthquakes however no-one has been harm.
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