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A woman and her two children were killed in a car pileup involving seven vehicles in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Tuesday as traffic jams caused havoc on the nation’s roads.

According to the prefectural police and firefighters, a truck slammed into backed-up traffic on the outbound lane of the Sanyo Expressway at around 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, not long after a roadblock from a previous crash had been removed. The accident killed a 37-year-old mother, Asami Nakai, from the city of Yamaguchi, her 13-year-old son Shugo and her 9-year-old daughter Maon.

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