A five-year-old boy died after he was hit by a train in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, on Sunday morning.
According to police, the accident occurred on a crossing on the JR Yosan line at around 10:40 a.m. TV Asahi reported that the driver told police he saw the boy suddenly appear on the tracks. He applied the brakes but it was too late. The boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later, police said.
Police said the boy and his four-year-old brother and their mother, who live in Osaka, had been visiting friends for the New Year holidays. The friends' house was near the tracks.
TV Asahi quoted police as saying the two brothers told their mother they were going to watch the trains go by.
The crossing gate was down and the warning alarm had sounded as the train approached, police said.© Japan Today