One man was killed and 45 people injured when a car collided head-on with a tour bus on the Tomei Expressway in Shinshiro, Aichi Prefecture, on Saturday. The dead man was the driver of the car, police said.
According to police, the crash occurred at around 7:30 a.m. when the car veered over the center line into the path of the oncoming bus, Fuji TV reported.
Footage from a camera inside the bus showed the car flip over the center divider and spin through the air into the bus. The car landed on top of the front part of the bus.
The car was crushed, killing the driver, Masamitsu Ikuma, a 62-year-old doctor, who was on his way to work in a rental car. Police said it took nearly four hours to get his body out of the wreckage.
The bus was carrying 47 people, including the driver and a tour guide. All were taken to hospital, with most suffering minor injuries from shattered glass, while others seated at the front of the bus had more serious injuries.
The tour bus was on its way from Toyokawa to Yamanashi Prefecture for cherry picking and to visit a whiskey distillery, a spokesperson for the bus company said.© Japan Today