• Kyodo


A man was killed and five people were injured Friday in a three-vehicle collision on the Joshinetsu expressway in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, police said.

Takashi Iikubo, 60, of Himi, Toyama Prefecture, was killed in the 8:45 a.m. collision in which a truck rear-ended his car, causing his vehicle to cross the median and hit a van.

The van’s driver — Kunihiko Shimozawa, 42, of Komagane, Nagano Prefecture — was seriously injured and his wife and their three children suffered minor injuries, police said. The truck driver, Juri Kambe, 24, of Iiyama, Nagano Prefecture, was unhurt, police added.

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