5 injured after car plows into ATM


Five people were injured, one seriously, after a car plowed into a bank ATM in front of Musashinodai station in Fuchu city on Tuesday.

According to police, the car, driven by an 80-year-old man, hit the ATM enclosure while a 70-year-old man was inside at about 1:45 p.m. The man suffered serious injuries and remains unconscious in hospital, NHK reported.

Also injured were two women in their 50s and 60s, as well as a woman in her 30s and her 3-year-old daughter.

The driver of the car, identified as Minoru Shirane, was quoted by police as saying that he mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake, NHK reported.

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Why am I not surprised it's a person in their senior years?

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"mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake" story of the week...

simple solution : redesign the accelerator of the car

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Saw an old man driving down the road the other day...must have had a foot on the brake AND the accelerator because his brake lights were constantly on.

In these cases, the old people should have to renew EVERY year with a driving test in a simulator with different situations to simulate real life driving situations.

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Nothing against Senior drivers persee as we have horrible dangerous drivers in any age range but why they havent implemented a yearly test yet is beyond me.

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Time to make it ILLEGAL for all of these old geezers to DRIVE any CARS!! ASAP!!!

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This is why I have been saying for years that Japan needs drive-thru banking!

Seriously this happens a lot. Elderly people pressing the wrong pedal and then being excused due to their age.

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More men and women in the 18-29 age group cause more of these accidents than the over 70 age group.

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Ok time to sue the car manufacturers for putting accelerator pedals in cars now !

Sarcasm desu !

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Was it a Prius? Sarcasm here too.

CrazyJoe, not knocking you or anything, but I figure there are also more drivers between the ages of 18-29 then the over 70 age group.

Elbuda, remember, you're going to be an elder one day....

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Thanks for the citation, CrazyJoe.

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Everyone has a right to drive, even if they do not do it so well.

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There sure were a lot of people in that ATM

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This is the second time i have read a story like this. Thats a real shame. They should maybe start some kind of new reflex test for people.

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I bet any amount that it was an automatic car, and he got confused with gas and brake pedal. The usual story. Old people + automatic transmission = accident waiting to happen.

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Dangerous situation and I feel for those who were injured.

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MaboDofuIsSpicyJAN. 11, 2012 - 02:29PM JST Everyone has a right to drive, even if they do not do it so well.

I'll have to disagree with you on that I'm afraid; driving is not a right, it's a privilege.

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This happens all over the world where there are a lot of old people. Happened at two ATM's and one large super market when I was back in the states this past summer. Testing needs to be done.

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lol when i first read the headline it i thought it was a crazy rorbery attempt, but when i saw old man! i was like seriously?

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but I figure there are also more drivers between the ages of 18-29 then the over 70 age group.

Probably not in Japan.

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