A five year-old boy died after the camper van he was riding in crashed into a car and flipped over on the Ban-etsu Expressway in Niigata City on Sunday.
According to police, the accident occurred at around 12:20 p.m. Sankei Shimbun reported that the back right tire of the camper van blew out, causing the vehicle to flip onto its side and slide into the oncoming traffic's lane. The camper van crashed into a station wagon.
There were six people riding in the camper van, one of whom was 5-year-old Rentaro Kuroda, from Higashi-Osaka City. Police said he suffered a cervical spine injury and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The other five passengers in the camper van -- all members of an extended family -- sustained injuries ranging from minor to severe.
The six had been visiting Fukushima for sightseeing and had been returning to Osaka at the time of the accident.© Japan Today