Bus crash bruises 55 kids, tour guide

Kyodo

Fifty-five children and a tour guide sustained minor injuries when a bus rear-ended another bus on an expressway here Tuesday, police said.

The accident occurred at around 8:50 a.m. on the Nagoya Expressway when the bus in front stopped due to traffic congestion.

Most of the injuries involved bruises caused when children were thrown against the seats or struck by backpacks or thermoses as they rained down from the overhead storage racks, police said.

A total of 89 students and four teachers from Kuroda Elementary School in Kisogawa, Aichi Prefecture, were aboard the two buses for a field trip, school Principal Katsuhiko Kawata said.

Tsutomu Nomura, the 33-year-old driver of the bus that caused the accident, said he didn’t realize the bus ahead had stopped as he was looking at a sign instead of watching the road, police said.

The bus was traveling at 20 kph to 30 kph when Nomura slammed on the brakes, he was quoted as saying.