15-year-old boy dies after being hit by train in Miyagi Pref


A 15-year-old boy was hit and killed by a train on a rail crossing in Watari, Miyagi Prefecture, police said Friday.

According to police, the incident occurred on the JR Joban line between Watari and Okuma stations at around 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, Fuji TV reported. 

At the time of the accident, the crossing gate was already down and the boy was on the tracks. The train driver said he saw the boy and applied the emergency brake but couldn’t stop in time. None of the 120 passengers on the train were injured. 

Police said the boy had graduated last Friday.

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Poor boy. So sad.

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Japanese kids need a massive toughening up program nationwide.

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Better safety device features are needed.

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Bad puns aside, that’s crazy scary to do that.

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Police said the boy had graduated last Friday.

Yep, graduated from junior high last week and couldn't face starting senior high in April, so he jumped in front of a train. An all too common scenario among Japanese teenagers.

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From the article's description, this appears to be a suicide. How terrible.

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