3 elderly women killed in Tottori car crash


Three elderly women were killed after two cars crashed head-on in Hoki, Tottori Prefecture, on Sunday afternoon.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 3:40 p.m. on national highway 181, TV Asahi quoted police as saying a car driven by Takako Inoue, 80, apparently crossed the center line into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The cars collided, killing Inoue and the occupants of the other car, Naoko Morita, 78, who was driving, and Onko Noguchi, 83, who was in the front passenger seat.

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I wonder, would I be confortable driving a car when I'm over 80?

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Maybe they were reliving their childhoods and playing a game of chicken.

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The next news report will tell us the driver's children will be forced to pay for damages because they "should have prevented their mother from driving."

I once wrote an accident report on a driver who got in a fender-bender at the age of 98. He had juat renewed his license, it was good until his 106th birthday...

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I noticed on the TV news this morning that the passenger compartment of both cars was relatively intact and that the airbags had deployed as designed. There was no broken or cracked window glass. Just what was it that killed these three?

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uuummm being old and suffering a massive head on collision... maybe??

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RIP ladies. This is truly tragic. I can think of nothing sadder than the sudden loss of these lives of people in their 70s and 80s--these were wives, mothers, grandmothers, and/or aunties to people. It is absolutely appropriate that this made national news headlines.

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BuzzB - sometimes the human body is incredibly strong and resilient, sometimes not... You have a high chance of dying (even in a modern car) even at combined speeds of 50 km/h (25+25), with quite limited damage to the car.

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