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5 men dead, one in coma after car plunges into dam


Five men died and another man remains in a coma after the station wagon they were traveling in plunged into a dam in Kawachinagano, Osaka Prefecture, on Sunday afternoon.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. on a bridge crossing the Takihata dam. Fuji TV reported that the men were on their way back from a barbecue at a nearby campsite. The station wagon crashed through a wire fence and plunged about 10 meters into the dam.

Police said four men in their 50s and one in his 60s were in a state of cardio-pulmonary arrest when their bodies were recovered. They were taken to hospital where their deaths were confirmed on Sunday night. The sixth passenger, a man in his 20s, remains in a coma, police said.

The men all worked for an Osaka construction company.

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So sad, RIP. Any chance alcohol was a factor?

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Scary to think how fragile life really is.

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Scary to think how fragile life really is

and how fences can be too. RIP.

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wire fence

On a dam? Come on?

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Awful thing to happen, 5 men on the verge of their golden years who now will never get a chance to play again with any grandkids, spouses, go to nomikai, or do anything else again. My condolences to the families.

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Condolences to the surviving families in this time of sorrow.

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Takihata Dam is a very well-known suicide spot in Osaka and a very spooky place. I have always rejected people when they asked me to go there for a bbq or to check it out.

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RIP, but if I had to guess I'd say, given they were coming back from a BBQ, that alcohol was involved.

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On the news in Osaka they stressed that drink driving is a crime every time they reported this story, so I think it may have been a case of drink driving.

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So sad, RIP. Any chance alcohol was a factor?

construction workers coming back from a BBQ.

Any chance alcohol was not a factor?

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