A woman was killed after the car she was driving was hit by a bullet train on a crossing in Takahata, Yamagata Prefecture, on Sunday morning.
According to police, the accident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. on the line between Fukushima and Shinjo stations. TV Asahi reported that the Tsubasa No. 123 shinkansen slammed into the car while it was cross the tracks. Police said the driver, a woman in her 30s, was killed instantly.
The crossing bar was down and police believe the woman's car might have got stuck in the snow on the tracks.
There were 290 passengers on the train; one woman suffered a light injury to her neck, JR officials said.
Yamagata shinkansen services were suspended for about four hours, affecting 6,980 passengers, JR said.© Japan Today