Bullet train bulldozes car in Yamagata, killing driver

Kyodo

A bullet train from Tokyo hit a car Sunday at a crossing in Takahata, Yamagata Prefecture, killing its female driver, the police said.

One of the 290 passengers on the train, bound for Shinjo, suffered a minor neck injury during the accident, the police said.

The accident occurred at a crossing between Takahata and Akayu stations. The crossing gate was closed at the time, police said, adding that the woman’s identity is still being confirmed.

After a safety check, the train proceeded two stations beyond Akayu to Yamagata Station, where it was pulled out of service, the Yamanashi branch of East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) said.

Other runs on the Yamagata Shinkansen Line and local lines were delayed, JR East said.