42 injured after bus falls off road onto train tracks in Oita
A bus crashed through the guardrail on an expressway and fell onto train tracks below, injuring 42 passengers, in Kokonoe, Oita Prefecture, on Sunday evening.
According to police, the bus, operated by Johoku Kotsu, was carrying 43 passengers and a driver home from a one-day skiing tour to Fukuoka Prefecture when the incident occurred just before 6 p.m.
TBS reported that the bus crashed through a guardrail and fell nearly three meters onto the JR Kyudai line below. No trains were in the vicinity at the time, JR said. Services were suspended for the rest of the night until the bus could be removed from the tracks, police said.
According to police, of the 44 people on board, 40 sustained minor injuries, while the injuries of the 63-year-old driver and a 27-year-old woman were considered serious. Police quoted the bus driver as saying that the brakes didn’t work, TBS reported.