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Photo taken on Tuesday shows the site of a seven-vehicle pileup on the Metropolitan Expressway in Toda in Saitama Prefecture, that left three people dead. Image: KYODO
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3 killed in accident involving 7 vehicles on expressway in Saitama

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Three people have been confirmed dead and two others were injured in an accident Tuesday morning involving seven vehicles on the Metropolitan Expressway near Tokyo, according to police.

Three cars caught fire in the accident at around 7:30 a.m. that also involved four trucks in Toda, Saitama Prefecture. The Tokyo police believe the three victims were trapped inside the cars.

The Metropolitan Police Department arrested the 28-year-old male driver of one of the trucks at the scene on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in deaths. Named as Sakyo Furihata, he was quoted by an investigative source as saying he was "not conscious" when the crash occurred.

The expressway was congested at the time, and the truck he drove is believed to have been the first to hit another vehicle.

The Metropolitan Expressway runs through Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures.

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RIP

3 ( +7 / -4 )

How can you drive a truck while unconscious? I am no fan of AI but I think autonomous driving will lead to fewer accidents.

2 ( +11 / -9 )

How can you drive a truck while unconscious?

@Redemption

I am guessing that he fell asleep at the wheel, as they put it in the US.

Driving on expressways can be terrifying, especially when driving next to one of those huge trucks in a passenger car. And I can't imagine having to drive as much as they have to. I'm always exhausted after just a couple hours of driving.

RIP to the victims.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

RIP to victims drive carefully everyone...

4 ( +6 / -2 )

How can you drive a truck while unconscious?

The Japanese original news articles don't mention unconsciousness, instead they quote the driver with: "I don't remember." (Which is of course the default statement of people who don't want to incriminate themselves, in a way the Japanese version of exercising the right to remain silent.)

4 ( +11 / -7 )

Japanese drivers are atrocious. Japanese truck drivers are deadly.

-4 ( +8 / -12 )

Sad. Trucks, it's always trucks in Japan.

Is that a junkyard for diggers in the background?

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

I always thought Japan is relatively safe for driving. Truck drivers are for the vast majority good and responsible drivers.

Accidents happen and the driver is not necessary guilty because he is arrested.

I prefer to see a human with all his mistakes and shortcomings behind a steering wheel over computer controlled cars. You can’t arrest those.

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robert maesToday  07:19 pm JST

I always thought Japan is relatively safe for driving. Truck drivers are for the vast majority good and responsible drivers.

They used to be. Seems that has changed. Possibly the driver shortage has resulted in the employment of less than perfect truck drivers in recent years.

1 ( +10 / -9 )

Truck drivers are just so overly tired and not hat makes them a danger-new legislalqtiin will cut hours though

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

OssanAmericaToday  07:26 pm JST

robert maesToday  07:19 pm JST

I always thought Japan is relatively safe for driving. Truck drivers are for the vast majority good and responsible drivers.

They used to be. Seems that has changed. Possibly the driver shortage has resulted in the employment of less than perfect truck drivers in recent years.

I never felt very safe driving in Japan. In my experience,, drivers can be unpredictable. And for reasons I have never understood, few people follow the road rules very well - many go through red lights, rarely stop at crosswalks and drive well over the speed limit.

Here in NZ, it's generally quite the opposite, although, like anywhere, there are bad drivers. The problem is high speed, open roads, and limited barriers between lanes, and sadly, as a result, we have a much higher death rate.

-3 ( +7 / -10 )

I avoid trucks as much as possible. They are often aggressive or tired. Both are dangerous.

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METATTOKYOToday  07:47 pm JST

OssanAmericaToday  07:26 pm JST

robert maesToday  07:19 pm JST

I always thought Japan is relatively safe for driving. Truck drivers are for the vast majority good and responsible drivers.

They used to be. Seems that has changed. Possibly the driver shortage has resulted in the employment of less than perfect truck drivers in recent years.

I never felt very safe driving in Japan. In my experience,, drivers can be unpredictable. And for reasons I have never understood, few people follow the road rules very well - many go through red lights, rarely stop at crosswalks and drive well over the speed limit.

I find drivers in Japan to be generally cautious and courteous. I feel quite safe when driving in Japan. Even though they drive on the wrong side of gthe road. lol. But there are indeed drivers who are very selfcentered, ignore traffic rules, make U-turns wherever they feel like, and park halfway up on a pedestrtian sidewalk. And although it may vary in location, police enforcement is pretty much invisible.

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@factchecker

Japanese drivers are atrocious. Japanese truck drivers are deadly.

Yes sir!

Had one in a 8 wheeler, as I was crossing the street, on the green man walk signal when this rig made a right turn in front of me and rushed right by me. I looked in the cab and 4 loosers' were tightly cuddled in it. To shocked to get a license plate, that time. and the crumbling continues.

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Sad. Trucks, it's always trucks in Japan.

Is that a junkyard for diggers in the background?

Google Maps shows it as "Building Equipment Rental". It wasn't hard to find either. The power lines over the expressway and knowing the district made it easy.

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