Iron sheets fall from truck, killing 2 in car
Several large iron sheets fell from a truck in Higashi-Hiroshima on Tuesday, hitting a car and killing its two male occupants.
According to police, the truck was approaching a bend in the road at around 11 a.m. when 25 iron plates measuring 1.5 meters by 3 meters, each weighing around 800 kilograms, came loose, TBS reported. The plates hit the road and the momentum carried them into the path of oncoming traffic in the next lane, police said.
One car was sliced almost in half and partially crushed by the plates. The two men in the car, car rental firm employees aged 45 and 59, were killed in the collision, police said.
Police and the freight company say they are investigating the cause of the incident.