A 5-year-old girl was thrown out of the car she was traveling in on the Kyushu Expressway and was then hit by a car behind, killing her on Thursday. Naoki Tachibana, 19, was driving along an expressway in Dazaifu City at 3 p.m. when his car hit the guard rail on the left side of the road and his father, Masahiro, 53, and younger sister, Kaede, 5, sitting in the back were thrown from the vehicle. Masahiro survived with minor injuries but Kaede was hit by an oncoming vehicle, and died shortly after.
Fukuoka police believe the pair may not have been wearing seatbelts. They also said the road was straight at the scene of the accident, but that snow had fallen intermittently on Thursday. The road between the Dazaifu and Chikushino interchanges was closed for about three hours after the accident.© News reports