Three people were killed and two others injured in a head-on collision between two vehicles in a tunnel in Kawakami, Nara Prefecture, on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
According to police, the accident occurred at around 3:30 p.m. in Osako tunnel located on National Route 169. Fuji TV reported that the collision involved a passenger car and station wagon with both vehicles erupting into flames.
The fire was extinguished after about two hours. Two people in the station wagon were dead. Police said their bodies were so badly burned that it was impossible to determine their sex. A 47-year-old woman, who was seated in the other car, was confirmed dead at the hospital. The two remaining passengers in the automobile were also injured. A 53-year-old man is in serious condition with a broken ankle while a 75-year-old woman sustained minor injuries.
Police said the accident occurred approximately 50 meters from the south end of the tunnel at a curve with poor visibility. Police believe one of the vehicles may have swerved into the opposite lane.© Japan Today