A 42-year-old truck driver has been arrested after his truck plowed into a float taking part in a parade at a festival in Kannonji, Kagawa Prefecture, on Saturday night. One man was killed and 36 others injured, Fuji TV reported.
According to police, the incident occurred just before 10 p.m. Saturday on National Route 11. A crowd of people were pulling the float when the 19-ton truck, driven by Takayuki Okawa, hit them. A 52-year-old teacher died at the scene while 36 other parade participants, including children, suffered various injuries.
Police have charged Okawa with dangerous driving resulting in death. He was quoted as saying he took his eyes off the road just for a few seconds and said he could notapply the brakes in time when he saw the float.© Japan Today