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Snowstorm causes 134-car pileup alongside Japanese freeway; one useless

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TOKYO: Not less than 134 automobiles have been concerned in a sequence of crashes in Japan on Tuesday (Jan 19) when a snowstorm struck a stretch of freeway, with one particular person killed and a dozen damage within the chaos.

Ten individuals have been taken to hospital, two of them critically injured, public broadcaster NHK mentioned in a report.  

The crashes occurred on the Tohoku Expressway within the northern prefecture of Miyagi at round midday.

Chief Cupboard Secretary Katsunobu Kato mentioned a truck rammed right into a passenger automotive, triggering the pileup over 1km stretch of the freeway. 

Accident along the Tohoku Highway in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan Jan 19, 2021 (1)
A video of the location of an accident involving a number of automobiles, alongside the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan on Jan 19, 2021. (Photograph: Kyodo through Reuters)

Japan Traffic Accident
Broken automobiles are coated with snow after a a number of automobile accident on the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki metropolis on Jan 19 2021. (Photograph: AP/Kyodo Information/Yusuke Ogata)

The operator of the expressway was quoted by NHK as saying that the world was in a state of whiteout because of the wind and snow, with visibility decreased to close zero.

Authorities had imposed a pace restrict of 50kmh when heavy snow minimize visibility however that was not sufficient to forestall catastrophe.

About 200 individuals have been stranded within the pileup, which compelled the closure of the Tohoku Expressway 

Japan Traffic Accident
Broken automobiles are coated with snow after a a number of accident on the snowy Tohoku Expressway in Osaki metropolis on Jan 19, 2021. (Photograph: AP/Kyodo Information/Yuta Omori)

Accident along the Tohoku Highway in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan Jan 19, 2021
A video of the location of an accident involving a number of automobiles, alongside the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan on Jan 19, 2021. (Photograph: Kyodo through Reuters)

NHK mentioned freeway authorities completed cleansing up the particles after about eight hours.

Elements of Japan have seen unusually heavy snow in current weeks.

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