Mother, 7-year-old son killed in car-truck crash in Tochigi Pref


A 35-year-old woman and her 7-year-old son were killed Saturday when their car collided head-on with a truck in Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture.

According to police, the accident occurred just before 9 a.m. on a prefectural highway, Fuji TV reported. Police said that the car being driven by Asuka Furuuchi apparently crossed over the center line into the path of the truck being driven by a 65-year-old man.

Furuuchi and her son Hayato, who was in the front passenger seat, suffered severe injuries in the collision. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead. The truck driver suffered a minor chest injury.

Police said the road was wet at the time of the crash and believe Furuuchi may have lost control of her car on the slippery surface.

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Furuuchi may have lost control of her car on the slippery surface

That is one scenario, but there are many more. She was distracted by her phone and veered over the line. Another one could be suicide.

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I hope the truck driver is not held responsible. I remember a story in JT about a similar crash a few years ago. In that case, the vehicle that was hit by the other one who crossed over the line was held partially responsible (now get this) because they didn't try hard enough to get out of the way.

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Another one could be suicide

If she drove off a cliff. Driving into another car gives you a chance of survival.

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What was the 7 year old doing in the front passenger seat? I saw this all the time when I was in Japan. Kids standing up in a van between the passenger and the driver while the car was in motion. Mothers with their kids on their lap in the front passenger seat. No seat belts warn by the children. Japan should crack down on this.

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