Police on Tuesday were investigating the circumstances that led to a two-year-old boy being hit and killed by a train after wandering out onto a railway crossing in Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture.
The boy was hit at around midday on Monday by a train on the Nose Electric Railway line. According to police, the train driver spotted the boy on the tracks, sounded the alarm and applied the emergency brakes, TBS reported. However, police say the train did not stop in time, eventually coming to rest some 40 meters after hitting the boy. No passengers were injured in the incident.
The boy, who lived nearby, has been identified as Rentaro Koseki. He was taken to hospital where he died around four hours later, TBS reported.
According to police, Rentaro and his mother had spent the morning with another family at a temple around 100 meters away from the crossing. After they had eaten lunch, the mother said she lost sight of Rentaro momentarily while clearing up, at which point it is believed he strayed out of the temple grounds and onto the crossing.© Japan Today