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11-year-old boy hit and killed by train in Saitama Prefecture

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An 11-year-old boy died after being hit by an express train in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, on Saturday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 4 p.m. near Tsurugashima Station on the Tobu Tojo line, Sankei Shimbun reported. A station employee called 110 and said a train had hit someone.

Police said the train driver told them he saw a boy standing by the side of the tracks as the train approached the station. He said he applied the emergency brake but couldn’t stop in time.

The boy was taken to hospital where he died about 2 1/2 hours later. No one on the train was injured.

There is no fence or barrier at the spot where the boy was standing.

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There is no fence or barrier at the spot where the boy was standing.

Why not? A tragedy that could have been avoided.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

Anyone determined enough to get on the tracks will do so, fence or no fence.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

Might sound quite hard, but imo the problem is that they are just not prepared for life and the included dangers at the schools and by the taught curriculum nowadays. They can in their young age surely perfectly demonstrate anything quite unnecessary skills like to play the flute, cook, fold peace cranes origami and catch a baseball etc, but not some simple basic capabilities like to swim, taking care and follow traffic rules , exhaust a fire, defend from bullying or like here in this case avoiding dangerous railway tracks.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

I've been using this line for over 20yrs. The station is next to mine. It's absolutely all fenced off. Some areas have quite large areas between the barriers and the tracks. I suspect they mean that there was no barrier between the kid and the track which suggests he had already decided to trespass in a restricted area.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Not an accident. Suicide seems to be on on the top of a list of the reasons it happened.

It is not like you don't hear a train coming (except if he was deaf...)

RIP.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

So very sad. Prayers for the family and the engineer.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

This hits close to home (no pun intended). I have an 11 year old son and I live in Saitama. I worry about my son's mental health daily as I don't have close contact. Prayers for this boy's family. Too much focus recently on the elderly and not enough on mental health of the youth in this country.

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"There is no fence or barrier at the spot where the boy was standing."

Then the train line should pay tooth and nail in compensation, as well as being forced to put fences and barriers in EVERY place that such a thing could happen. They won't, though. Maybe just in that spot, and they'll give the family a million yen.

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

Then the train line should pay tooth and nail in compensation, as well as being forced to put fences and barriers in EVERY place that such a thing could happen. 

Sadly, this is an area where "High-Tech Japan" isn't so high tech. Lots of pressure on the J-Gov recently to put cameras inside trains, but where is the safety on the rails? I know, its hard and expensive to put lasers and such on all the lines to detect a possible accident. But maybe thats where the money and attention should be going to. The public is often influenced by the media to think about terrorism, while other realities of Japanese life are brushed over.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

@Smithinjapan I refer to my previous comment. If you stand next to the track then you have already crossed a barrier. It isn't the

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Not the Yamante line

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Is a awful way to go. May he rest in peace.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Why don't they just report the truth? This is not train hits boy but boy walks into path of train. A pointless and tragic waste of life.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Requiescat in pace, lad, however you came to your misadventure. And may your family find peace in having known you if but for so short a span.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

This is only going to increase as the weather changes, specially with the problems of last year and the students again returning to class.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Yes, likely suicide. Remember it's now 3 weeks before the new school year starts, and it may be that this 11-year-old lad, if he had just completed elementary school, didn't get accepted into a junior high school that met his parents' expectations.

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