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Dump truck, minivan collide, leaving four dead in Chiba Prefecture

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Four people were killed when the minivan they were traveling in collided head-on with a dump truck in Sodegaura City, Chiba Prefecture, early Tuesday morning.

According to police, the accident occurred just before 1 a.m. TV Asahi quoted police as saying that the minivan apparently veered from its side of the road into oncoming traffic after a tire punctured.

Following the crash, emergency responders pulled four people -- three men and one woman aged 20 and younger -- out of the minivan and rushed them to the hospital where they were all pronounced dead shortly after. The 73-year-old driver of the dump truck sustained light injuries, police said.

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It only takes a split second of lost concentration and 'whammy!' You and your mates are dead! Four young people dead. A sad tale that happens too often all over the world.

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No seatbelts, guaranteed.

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no seatbelts? thats a quick judgement. Minivans or kei-kars are deathtraps. Especially a head-on with a truck, I think the car is completely totaled.

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onagagamo,

Seat belts won't help you if the car has been turned into an accordion.

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@Disillusioned Where does it say that any of them were young?

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@Disillusioned Where does it say that any of them were young?

In the first line of the third paragraph.

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It only takes a split second of lost concentration and 'whammy!' You and your mates are dead! Four young people dead. A sad tale that happens too often all over the world.

No seatbelts, guaranteed.

1 AM. My guess would be alcohol and/or drugs were involved.

Sorry about the victims but also sorry for the driver.

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As we all know Japanese tend to believe that backseat passengers need no belts... In this case, we are talking about a kei car colliding against an incoming truck, so, probably it was completely smashed. Anyway, if passengers on the back seats were wearing seat belts, they probably had bigger chances to survive than without strapping in.

I call people to pay attention, kei cars are not so safe and seatbelts are a MUST.

Early this year I nearly got fired at work for refusing to travel in a company's van on a back seat because it didnt have seat belts. This is how people ignores safety rules.

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onagagamo:

" No seatbelts, guaranteed. "

Seatbelts would not matter if it is minivan vs dump-truck head-on. The result would be the same.

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According to police, the accident occurred just before 1 a.m.

Not necessarily "drunk" or "drugs" - could have just fallen asleep at the wheel. I feel sorry for the truck driver - it will always be HIS fault according to Japanese law.

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I think Viking is right about this one.

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Just got an update: a FLAT TIRE the reason why the driver lost control and collided with the truck

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ReformedBasher: "1 AM. My guess would be alcohol and/or drugs were involved."

And you would be wrong. It was a blowout that sent the car into the opposite lane. The story may have been updated, but the assumption is still wrong.

In any case, RIP to these kids. Horrible accident.

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@Smith

And you would be wrong.

My guess was a guess, there's 50% chance it would be wrong.

The story may have been updated, but the assumption is still wrong.

"Wrong" mentioned twice. Are you enjoying the fact?

It was a blowout that sent the car into the opposite lane.

Well, in that case, I'll change my opinion. That's allowed, isn't it?

Tough break kids. Life too short.

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http://www.xanthous.jp/2014/11/18/sodegaura-city-fatal-accidents/

@donAlbert ... Anyway, if passengers on the back seats were wearing seat belts, they probably had bigger chances to survive than without strapping in.

From the pictures, I agree with donAlbert. The back seat area is intact.

In my opinion, from the safety point of view, the design of passenger seats in cars, trains, and planes is completely wrong. They should all be facing backwards - then the impact would be absorbed without slack evenly along the back from head to bottom - there would be many fewer injuries - even if seatbelts weren't being worn!

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