Japan marks 10th anniversary of fatal train crash

TOKYO - Japan on Saturday marked the 10th anniversary of the nation's worst train accident in recent memory, which killed 107 people when a rush-hour commuter line derailed and rammed into a building.

Bereaved families expressed anger and sorrow, while officials pledged to continue improving train safety.

On April 25, 2005, a rush-hour commuter train in Hyogo prefecture failed to make a curve, jumped the tracks and smashed into an apartment tower, killing the driver and 106 passengers, while 562 others suffered injuries.

Survivors and mourners clasped their hands in prayer as they rode a train passing by the crash site around the same time as the moment of the accident on the Fukuchiyama Line.

"I cannot believe a period of 10 years has passed," Mitsuko Fujisaki, 75, who lost her daughter in the crash, told Japanese media.

"I have not been able to accept the reality." West Japan Railway, which operates the line, held a memorial service, where the company president Seiji Manabe apologised.

"We firmly hold in our hearts, as the party at fault, that we must continue our efforts to build a safe railway that would not make such a serious accident again," he said.