A taxi driver died Tuesday morning after his taxi went off an elevated road and fell onto the train tracks where it was hit by a train in Shinagawa on Monday night. Police identified the driver as 74-year-old Katsushi Kurihara. The lone passenger -- a 56-year-old man -- suffered broken arms, police said.
TBS reported that the accident took place just before 8 p.m. after the taxi careered off an overpass, through a fence and dropped over seven meters onto the JR Yokosuka Line tracks below near JR Nishi-Oi Station. The taxi was then hit by a passenger train carrying around 1,500 people. The taxi driver and the passenger were taken to hospital, but the driver died early Tuesday morning, police said.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the taxi driver failed to negotiate a curve, TBS quoted police as saying.
The Yokosuka Line was closed for around 4 1/2 hours, affecting 67,000 commuters, JR said. More than 1,500 passengers in the train that hit the taxi had to walk to the nearest station, TBS said.© Japan Today