A 49-year-old woman and her 21-year-old daughter were killed after they were hit by a semi-trailer in a freak accident that occurred on the Chugoku Expressway in Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture, on Wednesday night.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 8:15 p.m. The two women, Mika Nakamura, and her her daughter Ami, were driving along the expressway when they ran over a large truck tire lying in the center of the lane, Fuji TV reported. The impact damaged the front of their car and they stopped.
The two women walked over to the shoulder of the expressway. Ami then called police to report the accident. While she was on the phone, the semi-trailer also ran over the tire, flipped and skidded on its side, hitting the two women, and sending them over the guardrail.
The woman were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival. The truck driver sustained light injuries.
Police said the truck driver told them he saw the car stopped on the expressway but did not see the tire. The section of the expressway where the accident occurred is poorly lit.
Police said Thursday they are trying to determine how the tire came to be on the expressway. They believe it may be a spare tire that fell from the bottom of a truck.© Japan Today