A man and a woman were killed on Friday morning when the minivan they were riding in rear-ended a small truck that had stopped on an expressway.
According to police, the accident occurred at around 7:30 a.m. on a three-lane section of the Kanetsu Expressway in Ogawa, Saitama Prefecture. Fuji TV reported that the truck had stopped in the center lane due to engine trouble and its two occupants had gone to the edge of the expressway when the minivan, carrying four occupants, rear-ended it, then ricocheted into the guard rail.
Police said a man in the front passenger seat of the minivan and a woman in the back seat were killed, while the male driver of the minivan and another woman passenger in the back seat suffered heavy injuries. Police have not yet released their names and said the two people killed were in their 20s or early 30s. The man and woman who had been in the truck were not injured, police said.
Police said the truck's hazard lights were on at the time of the accident.© Japan Today