Victims Remembered 3 Years after Karuizawa Bus Crash


Karuizawa, Nagano Pref., Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)--On the third anniversary Tuesday of a fatal ski tour bus crash that happened in Karuizawa, a resort town in the central Japan prefecture of Nagano, many mourners offered flowers at a monument built near the accident site and prayed for the victims.

In the early hours of Jan. 15, 2016, the bus fell from a roadside hill after running down a mountain road at a speed greatly exceeding the legal limit, killing 15 people aboard and injuring 26 others.

Of the victims, 13 were university students. The other two were crew members--the driver of the bus and a standby.

On Monday, the final day of the three-day weekend, four male friends of Kan Tahara, a victim, who was a 19-year-old sophomore of Tokyo Metropolitan University, offered flowers. The four have graduated from the university.

"It feels like my heart is squeezed," one of them, 23, said. "It's painful, but I realized again that it's important not to let go of the memory of the accident," he said.

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