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Minibus-car collision leaves 85-year-old man dead, 14 high school students, teacher injured

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A minibus and a car collided on an expressway in Ishikawa Prefecture on Sunday afternoon, killing the 85-year-old man driving the car and injuring 15 people aboard the minibus, including 14 high school students.

According to police, the accident occurred around 4:50 p.m. on the Noto Satoyama Kaido expressway in Hakui City. At the time, the minibus was headed toward Kanazawa when it collided head-on with the car, Fuji TV reported.

Fourteen students from the Ishikawa Prefectural Terai High School girl’s softball team and their male coach were aboard the minibus when the accident occurred. They were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries. However, Shigeru Shibasaki, who was driving the car, sustained severe injuries. He was taken to hospital where he died about an hour later.

Police are currently investigating the cause of the accident but believe Shibasaki may have veered into the path of the bus.

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Another tragic accident caused by an elderly driver?

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A minibus and a car collided on an expressway in Ishikawa Prefecture on Sunday afternoon, killing the 85-year-old man driving the car 

Few days back there was an accident involving 87-year-old-man driver in Ikebukuro, now there's another accident involving 85-year-old man. From other news that car was way off from its designated lane before it hit that minibus.

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Sorry to say but a review to limit the driving age is needed. 80 years with a test at 75 years. The number of old people are increasing but unlike previous times the numbers of elderly car owners is also increasing.

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And here it is again.

Seriously, how many times has this got to happen before the old duffer's running the show realize that incapable old farts crashing into kids is damaging their brand?

Stop fannying about at Yasukuni and do something about this.

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All drivers over 70 are given cognitive testing twice a year. Obviously, the tests are not stringent enough or regularly enough. The competence and cognitive abilities of the elderly can vary by the day, not every six months.

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Another one... well at least none of the kids or other driver were hurt

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Prayers for his family... and I am still happy that nobody else died. This is why I am not allowed to drive. I would be a danger to other people. I accept that. If anyone else feels that they are not capable of driving safely, please, please, just turn in your license and take the bus. I learned to take the bus and so can you.

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This happened justlast week locally where I am in USA, 84 year old tried to beat the bus, she lost too.

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