A 66-year-old man and his 6-year-old grandson were killed after being hit by an express train in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture, on Saturday morning.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 10 a.m. on the tracks of the JR Hokuriku Line, Fuji TV reported. Police identified the victims as Hidetoshi Nishiura, a resident of Katsuyama City, and Ryota Tsukada, Nishiura’s 6-year-old grandson who lived not far from the accident site about 200 meters south of JR Maruoka station.
The driver of the express train told police he saw a child on the tracks. As he applied the emergency brakes, Nishiura ran onto the tracks to try and save his grandson but they were both hit by the train which could not stop in time.
Nishiura had just come to visit his grandson on Saturday morning, shortly before the accident.
The area where the accident occurred has rice fields and residences close to the train tracks. There are fences to prevent anyone from accessing the tracks but not around the rice fields, which is where police think the boy got onto the tracks.© Japan Today