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A commuter train has derailed and smashed into a apartment building in western Japan, injuring up to 50 people, Kyodo news agency has reported.
Public broadcaster NHK said about 20 people had been taken to hospital while others were trapped inside the train cars, calling for help.
The accident occurred near the city of Osaka, about 400 kilometres west of Tokyo, when the train collided with a car at a railway crossing, NHK said.
Television footage showed ambulances at the scene and rescuers with stretchers trying to remove people the derailed cars.
The front car of the train had smashed into the apartment building and the second and third cars were derailed.
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