A one-year-old girl and her two-year-old brother were killed and four others injured when a car rear-ended a minivan on the Chugoku Expressway in Mimisaka, Okayama Prefecture, early Saturday.
According to police, the accident occurred while it was raining at around 12:15 a.m., Fuji TV reported.
The children’s father, Yuya Ohata, 30, who was driving the minivan, told police that just before the accident, he was driving in the left lane on a curve when what he thought was an animal ran onto the expressway. He said he instinctively turned the wheel to the right to avoid hitting it and moved into the right lane, where he stopped the minivan. Almost immediately, the car behind them rear-ended the minivan, sending it crashing into a guardrail.
Ohata’s son Shion and his daughter Mion suffered severe injuries and were taken to hospital where they died about 90 minutes after arrival. Ohata and his 24-year-old wife sustained injuries and are in a stable condition in hospital, police said. The two occupants of the car that hit the van, a 25-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, also suffered light injuries.
The two lanes were closed for about five hours after the accident, police said.© Japan Today