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Truck driver arrested after hitting workman on street

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Police in Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in death after the truck he was driving hit a man in his 70s who was directing vehicles going in and out of a construction site.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, Fuji TV reported. The victim, who worked a security guard, was standing on the side of the road when he was hit by a truck driven by Daiki Kubota. He was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries about two hours later.

Police said Kubota, a company employee from Tateyama City, told them he was blinded by the sun for a few seconds and couldn’t see in front of him when the accident occurred.

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Lets hope it was the glare of the sun and not the reflection from his smart phone.

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Blinded by the use of his iphone?

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Standing at the side of the road, or on the road? It's unclear and it does make a difference.

Keep vehicles on the road, and pedestrians on the sidewalk.

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Yeah, sometimes the sun causes trouble and death. This how I'm very careful when the sun hitting me on my driveway.

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Japanese streets are narrow compared to American ,they are at 20 ft wide on residential streets and larger on highway Google Houston Beltway 8 Length

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Workman”, “security guard” … or, as the position is referred to Only in Japan: “guardman”? - The decedent was a construction-site, roadside traffic flagman. - Poor old soul. As with many elderly men here, perhaps just trying to make a few yen to support his final years? “Condolences” to any surviving family. “Rest in Peace”.

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Dump truck? The ubiquitous dump truck driver ranks up there with the wizened taxi driver for the "eyes shut, foot down" method of driving. Ironically, the keibin is supposed to guide the trucks onto the work site in safety, though I guess Kubota was still trying to swing his wagon back on all four wheels.

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No-one was ever blinded by the brakes, or killed by them.

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His pension was probably not enough to make a decent living. RIP.

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