2 Die, One Unconscious As Car Hits Nursery Kids in Western Japan


Otsu, Shiga Pref., May 8 (Jiji Press)--A passenger minivehicle ploughed into a group of nursery children on a sidewalk in the western Japan prefecture of Shiga on Wednesday morning, leaving two of them dead and one critically injured and unconscious.

According to the Shiga prefectural police department, 13 children from a nearby nursery and three nursery teachers were taken to hospital by ambulance after the incident.

The two victims were Gaku Ito, a 2-year-old boy, and Yui Harada, a 2-year-old girl. They were confirmed dead on the way to hospital. The unconscious child is a boy.

Eight of the 13 other pedestrians suffered serious injuries, such as broken bones, and five had minor injuries.

The accident occurred on the sidewalk at a T-intersection of a prefectural road in Otsu, the capital of Shiga, around 10:15 a.m. (1:15 a.m. GMT), after the 13 children and three teachers left the nursery for a walk at 10 a.m.

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