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2 dead, 2 injured after truck hits pole; driver arrested

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Two men were killed and two women were injured after the light truck they were riding in hit a power pole in Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, on Friday night.

Police said the driver of the truck, Masumi Yamazaki, 20, who suffered head injuries, has been arrested on a charge of negligent driving resulting in death, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 11:30 p.m. Friday on National Route 338. Four people -- two men aged 18 and 19, and two women aged 19 -- were in the back of the truck being driven by Yamazaki when it hit the pole. All four were hurled onto the road by the impact. The two men died and the two women sustained serious injuries, police said.

Police said the five had all been students at the same school and were on their way home from a barbecue. Police suspect Yamazaki may have been speeding as the truck failed to take a curve.

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Why is this considered national, rather than local, news?

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Why is this considered national, rather than local, news?

Is there some more important national news that was bumped in preference to report this instead?

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Police suspect Yamazaki may have been speeding as the truck failed to take a curve.

I'll add boozing to that as well.

I've seen a fair few people getting full at the beach / river / campsite barbecue and then drive off home. Cops should stake these places out.

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"Why is this considered national, rather than local, news?"

So that you forget about the seven-year-old girl found dead in a river last week and don't ask if the autopsy results are out yet.

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No seatbelt and thrown from the car to their deaths. Big surprise. RIP. If only they deaths could serve as a lesson for others, but it won't.

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yea Japan the government was executed for war crimes against the country here by the military and theres war criminals everywhere, dont let them talk to you. keep being pure and building, thats what were doing.

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smithinjapan at Sep. 03, 2016 - 07:40PM JST "No seatbelt and thrown from the car to their deaths"

That's right insofar as the open back ends of lightweight pickup trucks do not have seat belts. Which is where they were riding, not in a car.

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In Japanese law is it legal to ride in the open back of a pickup?

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In Japanese law is it legal to ride in the open back of a pickup?

I think its a kei jidousha that is limited to 4 people... but the reporter says truck, so we cant tell

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Suzanne Starr at Sep. 04, 2016 - 12:49AM JST "In Japanese law is it legal to ride in the open back of a pickup?"

My understanding is that a person can ride in the open back of a pickup truck only when necessary to hold down a load being carried. If you just want to have people riding in the back it is necessary to apply for a special permit specifying the vehicle details, route to be taken, number of people, etc. I think this is meant to provide for transportation of, for instance, farm workers where alternative means of transportation don't exist. And I think, if granted, the permit would only be good for a certain period. Also, I think rules of the road don't apply to private property so you could carry people around in the bed of a pickup if you had a farm or other property big enough to have a private road. Another factor to consider would be whether your insurance would cover accidents in such a case. Disclaimer: I'm not an expert in this field so you should check with authorities if necessary.

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Its a kei utility truck with a open bed

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