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2 injured as Japan driver plows into kids

Agence France-Presse
2 injured as Japan driver plows into kids
Two children are injured after 69-year-old Rieko Ueda plows her car into a group of kids from a local nursery facility in Nishinomiya city shortly before 10 am, a police spokesman says

TOKYO, Japan – An elderly driver drove her vehicle into a group of children in western Japan on Thursday, June 13, police said, the latest in a string of similar, often fatal, car accidents caused by old drivers.

Two children were injured when 69-year-old Rieko Ueda plowed her car into a group of kids from a local nursery facility in Nishinomiya city shortly before 10 am, a police spokesman told AFP.

A 6-year-old girl was conscious when she was taken to a hospital, but the scale of her injury was not immediately available, the spokesman said.

Local media said she had broken her shoulder bone.

A five-year-old girl was also taken to a hospital for a minor injury, the spokesman added.

“The cause of the accident is under investigation,” he said, adding that police had arrested the driver.

The case is the latest in a string of accidents involving elderly drivers, as Japan continues to grapple with problems relating to its ageing society. 

In April, an 87-year-old motorist drove into a pedestrian crossing at high speed in Tokyo, killing a 31-year-old mother and her three-year-old daughter, and injuring several others.

As recently as June 4, an 81-year-old driver in the southwestern city of Fukuoka drove down the wrong side of a major street at high speed, crashing into several vehicles.

In that accident the driver and his 76-year-old wife died inside the vehicle, while several other motorists and pedestrians suffered injuries. – Rappler.com

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