Three people, including a 4-year-old boy, were killed after a minivan crashed into a truck in a tunnel in Gifu Prefecture on Friday.
According to police, the accident occurred at about 2 p.m. in the Kiyomiyokamachi tunnel in Takayama. TBS reported that the minivan—carrying six members of one family—apparently crossed over the center line about 50 meters into the tunnel and hit the truck head-on. The road outside the tunnel was icy at the time, police said.
Police said the impact threw pasengers in the minivan and their luggage out of the back.
Two of the minivan’s adult passengers, aged 53 and 56, and their 4-year-old grandson died in the crash. The other three passengers, including a 7-year-old girl, were taken to hospital with severe injuries, police said.