Rare Hong Kong train derailment injures at least 8 amid protests

At least eight people were hurt in a derailment of a train owned by a Hong Kong company targeted by pro-democracy protesters earlier this month, according to reports.

Paramedics rushed the injured, who suffered neck pain or minor abrasions, to the hospital, Reuters reported.

Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen, chairman of MTR Corp., offered an apology.

The train derailment in Hong Kong injured at least eight people. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu) 

The train derailment in Hong Kong injured at least eight people. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu) 

“We will work together with the government to find out the truth as soon as possible so as to continue to provide safe services,” he said.

MTR Corp. has closed train stations, a target of vandalism during Hong Kong’s unrest, to stop protests. Train derailments in the region have been rare.

The protests were triggered in June by an extradition bill that many opponents saw as an example of China's increasing intrusion and at chipping away at Hong Kong residents' freedoms and rights, many of which have not been accorded to people in mainland China.

People and emergency crew at the site of the derailment in Hong Kong. (Facebook / @FCOOKINGHK via REUTERS)​​​​​

People and emergency crew at the site of the derailment in Hong Kong. (Facebook / @FCOOKINGHK via REUTERS)​​​​​

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Hong Kong's government promised this month to withdraw the bill, which would have allowed some criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial, but protesters have widened their demands to include direct elections for the city's leaders and police accountability.

More than 1,300 people have been arrested amid increasing clashes between protesters and police, whom demonstrators have accused of abuses.