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2 dead as truck rear-ends minibus on highway

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There doesn't seem to be much of a hard shoulder on that road.Although, the truck driver is at fault for hitting a stationary object

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Notice this news item is in the Crime section.

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I bet none of them were wearing seat belts.

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I bet none of them were wearing seat belts.

Yes, you bet non of them were wearing the seatbelt. And why would they? The bus was parked, not moving when the accident occurred.

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Another 'Janglish' article. It tells you everything about the students, but states nothing about the cause of the accident or why the driver was arrested. "Sigh!"

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Parts of that road are single-lane freeway, some double, and they are slowly widening them. But lots of hills makes them economize on the width, which seems to be the indirect cause of the accident to my eyes - no space on the side to stop safely out of the way.

Even so, a sad avoidable accident.

The only good thing I can see is the rail holding the minibus from falling farther and doing more damage to occupants. Oh, and the line of stairs down the hill from the road in front of the van, a spot of convenience for safety workers and investigators.

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And why would they? The bus was parked, not moving when the accident occurred. actually you should be wearing a seat belt the entire time you sit in a vehicle whether it be stationary or moving, while there probably wasn't any belts in this bus it shows even stationary on a highway your not out of danger. The bus rolled down an embankment not secured in your seat in any vehicle will increase your chance of head injuries. Getting hit by a truck at 70~80kph while stationary has the same effect as hitting a stationary object while moving at the same speed, not wearing a belt in both situations will greatly increase your chance of serious injury or even death. The bus was hit and rolled down an

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There doesn't seem to be much of a hard shoulder on that road.

This is something I have noticed here, guardrails & safety railings are often inappropriate, not high/strong enough, even/especially on bridges. If this had happened on the Akashi bridge (with its ridiculously low railing) we would be talking about 16-17 deaths this morning.

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Hard to precisely pin blame here. The mini-bus shouldn't have been parked like that, and we don't know what visibility was like. It is an expressway, so even at low-speeds it might be hard to tell the mini-bus is stationary until very close to it and unable to stop. Did it have hazard lights on? (most Japanese think hazard lights are for stopping to pick up smokes or wait for a relative at a train station, or just to show respect). Doesn't look like there was much of a shoulder, either. That said, we know nothing of whether the truck was speeding or not. In any case, RIP to the poor girl and the driver of the mini-bus.

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"The mini-bus shouldn't have been parked like that, and we don't know what visibility was like."

yeeeeep.

But we know jp truck drivers be......

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On tv yesterday they were discussing accident where person ran in front of car and was hit! Driver was looking up to 7 years jail and $10000 fine for something which he couldnt avoid. I did not see all of show but amazing how drivers are criminalised here

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Trucker was probably messing about on his phone or reading a comic. I see them doing it so often it never fails to annoy me. There's no excuse for hitting a stationary vehicle, especially during daylight hours.

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RIP.

What a nightmare spot for a vehicle to break down. I think it's actually compulsory (with fines for not doing so) to set up a flare and a triangular warning reflector if you break down on the highway itself, but I doubt this is well understood and guess that someone driving a minibus full of kids may not know that or where the reflector is kept in the vehicle. The flares themselves have expiry dates, and I bet some vehicles don't even have a triangular reflector in them because its not in the standard tool kit for changing a wheel. You should set up flare and reflector ASAP, without falling for the temptation to check for overheating etc. first.

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The minibus was "parked" because it had apparently broken down and was, I assume, disabled so there was no option. The driver and passengers should have been out of the bus and behind the guardrail for safety in those circumstances.

Another 'Janglish' article. It tells you everything about the students, but states nothing about the cause of the accident or why the driver was arrested. "Sigh!"

The cause of the accident has yet to be established and arresting the truck driver is mandatory; you have read enough of these reports to know that.

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Yes, you bet non of them were wearing the seatbelt. And why would they? The bus was parked, not moving when the accident occurred.

It was disabled on the expressway, genius.

Have people saying the bus shouldn't have "parked" there actually been on Japanese expressways? No one would stop on the expressway unless their vehicle was simply unable to move under its own power.

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Are warning Triangles compulsory for Japanese cars & buses, they are back home and need to be setup according to strict rules.

Before any passengers can leave the Vehicle.

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Some Highway Buses do have stops on Town Highways.

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Some highways here in Australia has stopping bays for vehicles to pull over in case of emergency. Also passengers are adviced to leave the vehicle and wait for help. If there is no stopping bay then one should get off the highway at the next off ramp. Pulling over on a highway is never a good idea. Of course the bus might not be in the condition for the driver to keep driving. Two are killed and the others involved are no doubt traumatised. The truck driver may be facing criminal charge. A true tragic event.

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I don't know about Japanese driving laws for HGV's but her in the UK we have stricked laws regarding the amount of driving you can do before you must have a break, or when your day should finish, is this the same in Japan? if so has any one started to look at his driving records? lets not quickly point the finger at the lorry driver, in the UK when a car or lorry breaks down your advised to get out and go over the crash barrier and move away from the car, this way if it does get hit your not in it, and this would have been the case with these children. thank heavens that the hand rail stopped the van rolling any further, this could have been a lot worse!! (as if its not already)

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Guys, when the car has to be parked on shoulder of highway, always get out of the car and stay there until the issue is sorted out, day or night. To your surprise, this kind of accident happens all the time and experts advice never stay in the car when it is broken down on the highway. If you, or your family are really reluctant to leave the car because it's dark, raining, cold outside, good luck then.

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