• Kyodo


A bus driver and nine passengers were injured Sunday morning after their bus crashed into a highway tollbooth in Sapporo, local police said.

One woman was in a critical condition, and a man was seriously hurt. The bus driver, Yoshihito Nakazawa, 33, and seven passengers suffered minor injuries, police said. The one other passenger was unhurt.

The highway, which runs through Hokkaido, was wet from rain at the time of the accident and dense fog was reported.

The two who were seriously injured were seated toward the front of the bus and crashed through the windshield, according to investigations.

Police said the accident occurred around 7:30 a.m., when the left side of the bus crashed into an unmanned tollbooth of a closed lane. The bus then swerved into the lane to its right, which was for vehicles with electronic toll-collection systems. It stopped after hitting the concrete barrier on the right side of that lane, they said.

The two lanes on the left side of the highway were open. Police were investigating why the bus was proceeding toward lanes it could not pass through.

The bus had departed the city of Takikawa for Sapporo.

Collision injures six

FUKUI (Kyodo) Six people were injured in a head-on collision between a small bus and a car in the city of Fukui on Sunday morning, according to police.

The male driver of the car suffered a broken leg, and five of the six female passengers in the bus — all employees of the health and welfare federation of the prefectural agricultural co-op — suffered minor injuries, police said.

Police were investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred at an intersection with traffic lights. Visibility at the time of the accident was reported to be good.

The passengers on the bus were on their way to the city of Katsuyama, where they were to conduct health checkups on residents, police said.

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