Police said Saturday that a 77-year-old man in a wheelchair was struck and killed by a train in Kobe.
Masahiko Hatanaka, a disabled wheelchair user, was hit and killed by a train on the Kobe Dentetsu line at a level crossing in the city's Kita Ward at around 1 p.m., Fuji TV reported.
Police said the train driver noticed Hatanaka on a level crossing and applied the brakes, but could not stop the train in time. Hatanaka was pronounced dead at hospital.
Police believe the incident occurred as Hatanaka was making his way back to a nearby disability support facility in which he lived. He had gone out for lunch and was returning to the facility with his groceries at the time of the incident. Police believe the wheelchair somehow got stuck on the crossing.© Japan Today