At about 7:00 a.m. on 10 June along the Tomei Expressway, a sightseeing bus was heading from Toyogawa City in Aichi Prefecture to a day trip in Yamanashi Prefecture. However, just as it was passing through the vicinity of the Shinjo Parking Area, an oncoming car struck the median, causing it to go airborne and fly directly into the front of the bus.
A drive recorder on the bus captured the terrifying one-second incident.
Despite the dramatic damage dealt to the bus, everyone on board made it out alive. Of the 47 people, including the driver and guides, six suffered broken bones and 39 received only light injuries. The driver of the car, whom police identified as a 62-year-old doctor, sadly did not survive.
Another camera shows the inside of the bus in which the driver and a guide are sitting in the front. Although futile, we can see the quick reaction of the driver to try and avoid the car. Even more miraculous is how they could survive sitting only a few feet from the brunt of the collision. Oddly enough, it would seem their saving grace is that the car flew too high and landed near the top of the bus.
A freak car accident on an Aichi highway is captured in frightening detail. (rocketnews24.com)
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