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Train crash highlights risk of Tokyo's 'unopened' rail crossings

Waits of more than 40 minutes and lack of safety features raise accident risk

TOKYO -- Japan's railways are renowned worldwide for their punctuality and safety, but a recent accident has shed light on an often overlooked problem: There are too many railway crossings, some of which are closed to traffic for long stretches of time.

On Thursday, around noon, a commuter train collided with a truck at a crossing in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, killing the truck driver and injuring 35 passengers. The accident drew international media attention.

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