• Kyodo


The Utsunomiya District Court on Wednesday ordered the former driver of a truck-mounted crane who killed six schoolchildren in a 2011 accident, his mother and former company to pay about ¥125 million in damages to the victims’ parents.

Presiding Judge Akihiko Iwatsubo said the 28-year-old man, who was given a seven-year prison term for causing the deaths of the schoolchildren after having an epileptic fit while driving, his mother and the former employer in Kanuma, Tochigi Prefecture, were responsible for compensating the 11 parents.

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