• Kyodo


A car crashed into a minibus Thursday on the Banetsu Expressway in Niigata Prefecture, leaving three people dead and more than 10 injured, police said.

The accident occurred around 11 a.m. in the city of Niitsu, with 14 people aboard the minibus and four in the car, the police said.

The car slammed into the parked minibus after hitting two people who had gotten out of the minibus to change a flat tire and guide other vehicles.

The three people who died have been identified as Shinsuke Kamata, 23, a car passenger from Yamanashi Prefecture, and the two people hit by the car: Koshi Sato, 54, and Katsutoshi Sato, 54, both from Fukushima Prefecture.