An elderly couple were killed after their light truck was destroyed by a train on a crossing in Miyazaki City, police said.
According to police, the accident occurred on a crossing on the JR Nichinan line at around 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Fuji TV reported the train slammed into a light truck driven by Mitsugu Taniguchi, 82, accompanied by his wife Miyoko, 79.
The truck was completely wrecked and the couple were declared dead at the scene. The crossing has no gates nor an alarm to warn of approaching trains.
The driver of the train said he saw the truck and applied the emergency brake but could not stop in time. There were no injuries among the 55 people on the train.
Police said they have not yet determined why the truck was on the crossing at that instant.© Japan Today