24 hurt in Tokyo tour bus crash; driver, 58, says he was ‘absent-minded’


A tour bus with 30 people aboard crashed into a center divider and a traffic light pole on a street in central Tokyo on Wednesday, injuring 24 passengers, police said.

The police arrested the bus driver, 58-year-old Tadashi Sugawara, at the scene. Sugawara told the police that he had been “absent-minded.”

None of the injured were in a serious condition, police said.

The tour bus, operated by a company in Saitama Prefecture, was on its way back to JR Kamata Station in Tokyo’s Ota Ward after a one-day tour to Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi Prefecture and other destinations. It was carrying 28 passengers, the driver and a tour guide.

The accident took place around 400 meters southeast of the station.