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38 injured in school bus accident in Aomori Pref

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A bus carrying members of a high school soccer club overturned on a road in Oirase, Aomori Prefecture, on Saturday. Police said 35 students, two adults and the driver were injured and taken to hospital, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Most of the bus occupants suffered minor head and leg injuries, but none were life-threatening, hospital officials said.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. The bus was carrying soccer players from Kosei Gakuin High School in Hachinohe.

Police said visibility was good at the time and believe the driver swerved to avoid a car coming from the opposite direction on the narrow rural road. The bus hit the guardrail at the edge of the road, overturned and came to rest at the edge of a field.

A local resident told local media there had been other accidents at the same spot before.

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Who wants to bet that the oncoming driver was of an age unfit for driving.

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Looks bad. Bus driver should have just stopped not swerved it would have come off better against a car.

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Another narrow road accident involving a bus. There so many of these 'minimum width' roads in Japan that I'm surprised these kinds of accidents don't happen more often. Most cars are around 1.8 meters wide, so they made the roads 4m wide, which is fine for two cars (just). However, throw a bus or a truck into the equation and all of a sudden someone ends up in a ditch! Glad none of these kids were seriously hurt.

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The first duty of the bus driver was the safety of his passengers, 35 of them.

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Always amazed at how they allow two-way traffic on streets barely wide enough for one car, and with no sidewalks. It's only a wonder these things don't happen more often. Glad no one was killed.

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Regardless of the particulars, let's all thank the higher power of our choosing that all of those children escaped with their lives.

Much worse, it could have been.

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I am please that no one was killed.

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Amazing that all escaped without any serious injury.

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The bus hit the guardrail at the edge of the road, overturned and came to rest at the edge of a field.

From the photo, it looks like the bus ploughed through the guard rail and overturned as it fell down a slope. From the lack of fatalities and the photo, it looks like the bus toppled over rather than flipped.

There are a lot of narrow roads in the mountains, but that looks flat enough to widen the road if it is an accident blackspot. There must be a curve behind the camera, because visibility looks fine in the background.

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I see many Americans (possibly Canadians) complaining about the width of the roads. The narrowness of the roads makes better community without separating gorges of land by streets wide enough for 7 cars in a small American town (are they overcompensating for something)? The easements are wide enough to fit two more cars on either side. From what I read, the reason for this American flair is from horse drawn buggies need to turn around. They built streets with this in mind. 

I think instead of making streets wider, make the vehicles narrower...easier to do when taking in eminent domain challenges from millions of residents.

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I see many Americans (possibly Canadians) complaining about the width of the roads. The narrowness of the roads makes better community without separating gorges of land by streets wide enough for 7 cars in a small American town (are they overcompensating for something)? The easements are wide enough to fit two more cars on either side. From what I read, the reason for this American flair is from horse drawn buggies need to turn around. They built streets with this in mind. 

Funny remark, but I don't think 'horse drawn buggies need to turn around' is a reason.

In Europe whole cities are build in the past around horse and wagon and many streets are narrow. But they have more capable drivers used to drive along narrow roads and how to deal with many curves in the landscape. Also the stats make something clear about safety. Japan has 5 car crash fatalities per 100.000 inhabitants and the US, with w i d e r roads and more space in general 14 per 100.000 inhabitants.

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