Police Raid Bus Operator over Crash on Nagoya Expressway

Society

Nagoya, Aug. 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese police on Tuesday raided the operator of a bus, a day after it overturned and burst into flames on an expressway in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, leaving two people dead and seven others injured.

Aichi police believe there were no abnormalities with the bus and suspect that the crash was caused by the driver, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

Six investigators from the police searched the head office of Aoi Traffic Corp., the bus operator based in the Aichi city of Komaki, and its branch where the driver is based, on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in death and injury. Two cardboard boxes of documents were seized.

Speaking at a press conference at the head office, Aoi Traffic President Hidenori Matsuura said, "We pray for the victims and apologize to people injured from the bottom of our heart."

The bus rammed into a dividing strip separating the main and exit lanes of the Nagoya Expressway and knocked over impact-absorbing obstacles and large signs, leaving its front right side completely wrecked. It then tipped over and was struck from behind by a passenger car.

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