Three people were killed and two others injured when a station wagon plunged from the fifth level of a multi-story parking in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Saturday.
According to police, the incident occurred just before 1 p.m. at the parking facility about 800 meters from Yokosuka Chuo Station. Fuji TV reported that witnesses said the vehicle backed through a 1.2-meter-high iron fence on the fifth level and crashed onto the street 15 meters below upside down.
Police believe the driver may have mistakenly pressed the accelerator while parking the car.
Three passengers -- Kazuhiko Nojima, 56, his wife Akiko, 46, and his mother Hiroko, 81 -- were pronounced dead at a hospital. The couple's two children, Naoto, 16, and Haruto, 11, who were also in the car, suffered injuries but are in a stable condition in hospital.
The police suspect the driver made some error when parking the vehicle, and while backing up broke through a 1.2-meter-high fence before plunging 13 meters to ground around 12:50 p.m.© Japan Today