A 6-year-old girl died Thursday afternoon after being hit by a train at a railroad crossing in Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture.
According to police, Wakana Ashitate was hit by an Imazu Line local train heading south toward Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi station at a crossing that had a gate and signal. About 30 meters before the crossing, the driver of the train spotted Wakana cross under the gate and onto the tracks. He applied the brakes, but the train couldn't stop in time.
Police say Wakana and her 7-year-old brother were playing near the crossing, and that she wandered onto the tracks after the northbound train passed by.© Wire reports