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Three university students were killed and three others were injured early Monday in a head-on collision in Hokkaido, police said.

A car driven by an 18-year-old student swerved into the opposite lane and crashed into another car being driven by Takanori Murata, 29, around 12:20 a.m. on a road in the town of Tsubetsu.

There were four passengers in the student’s car, including Daiki Iwasaki, 19, and Yutaka Hisama, 18.

The three students were rushed to a nearby hospital but were pronounced dead soon afterward. The remaining two passengers in the student’s car and Murata suffered injuries, the police said. The name of the 18-year-old driver was withheld because he is a minor.

The police believe speeding caused the accident.

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