Snowstorm causes 134-car pileup alongside Japanese freeway; one useless
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.
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
NHK mentioned freeway authorities completed cleansing up the particles after about eight hours.
Elements of Japan have seen unusually heavy snow in current weeks.