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SAPPORO (Kyodo) A truck driver was killed Monday and seven people were injured when his vehicle collided with a large sightseeing bus inside a tunnel in Otaru, Hokkaido, according to the police.

The accident occurred at around 8:15 a.m. in the Asari-toge Tunnel, some 8 km south of the Asari Interchange. The seven injured included five people who were in the bus and two who were in the truck.

The bus driver told the police that the collision occurred on a curve inside the tunnel. The truck was in the opposite lane.

The bus, which left Jyozankei Hot Spring in Sapporo at 7:30 a.m., was heading to Hakodate via Otaru.

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