Paramedics and police at the scene of a traffic accident in Shimane have come under fire for failing to notice an injured woman who later died.
According to police, Ryoko Tabara was in one of five vehicles that were involved in a pile-up on a national highway in Masuda on Wednesday night. TBS reported that Tabara was thrown into the rear seat footwell where she went unnoticed by police and paramedics at the scene and was only discovered when her husband came to inquire after her well-being. She was discovered two and a half hours later and taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said.
Police say that another woman who was in the car with Tabara at the time of the incident, one of two people who were transported to hospital, was not able to speak when the paramedics arrived at the scene. An investigation is underway into the circumstances leading up to the oversight.© Japan Today