Near record-setting snow fall in northern Japan caused a bullet train carrying around 130 passengers to derail on Saturday in Akita Prefecture. The first of train’s six cars jumped the rails while only traveling at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour (20 mph) on the high-speed Akita Shinkansen line, however there were no injuries reported.
The incident took place just after 4:00 PM on Saturday, when the driver began hearing a loud noise and brought the train to an emergency stop. East Japan Railway, the operator of the train line, immediately suspended services in the area due to the weather conditions after the accident. It was not immediately clear what exactly caused the lead train car to derail, but authorities with the Japan Transport Safety Board announced on Sunday that they had begun investigations.
Train services between Morioka, Iwate Prefecture and Akita Prefecture continued to be suspended on Sunday due to the accident, as well a safety concerns. As of Monday morning, East Japan Railway says bullet trains have resumed running, however at reduced speeds. The passengers who were riding on Saturday afternoon ended up being confined to the train for around six hours until buses and taxis arrived to take them to the nearest city station.