2 Killed, 6 Injured as Bus Hits Pedestrians in Kobe


Kobe, April 21 (Jiji Press)--A municipal bus hit pedestrians on a crosswalk in Kobe, western Japan, on Sunday, killing two of them and injuring six.

The two dead are a man aged around 20 and a woman in her 20s, according to the police department of Hyogo Prefecture. Of the injured people, a 45-year-old woman from the town of Ikaruga in the western prefecture of Nara broke both legs.

The police arrested Fumio Ono, the 64-year-old driver of the bus, on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in deaths.

Ono, a resident of Kobe, the capital of the prefecture, told the police that the bus hit people after suddenly accelerating.

The accident occurred around 2 p.m. (5 a.m. GMT) near Sannomiya Station of West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, in Chuo Ward of Kobe. The bus was run by the Kobe city government.

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