A 90-year-old man who was driving the wrong way along an expressway was killed in a head-on collision with another car in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture, police said Friday.
According to police, the accident occurred at around 4:55 p.m. Thursday in a tunnel on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Police said Yoshiro Totake, from Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, was driving the wrong way when he collided with a car driven by Masami Sugawara, 54, an office worker from Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture. Totake was killed in the crash, while Sugawara suffered an injury to his arm.
The tunnel is 1,610 meters in length. Before the collision occurred, other drivers reported seeing a car driving the wrong way.
Police are currently investigating how the deceased driver ended up in the wrong lane.© Japan Today