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2 children killed in Japan after car rams into group

  • Published at 03:07 pm May 8th, 2019
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An aerial view shows the site where a car involved in an accident with another vehicle skidded into a group of nursery school children on a sidewalk, in Otsu, western Japan May 8, 2019, in this photo released by Kyodo Reuters

All of the children and two of their teachers were taken to hospital for treatment

Two children were killed and a dozen injured, two critically, in Japan on Wednesday after a car involved in an accident with another vehicle skidded into a nursery school group out for a walk with their teachers, NHK national television said.

All of the children and two of their teachers were taken to hospital for treatment, NHK added, but two - a boy and a girl, both two years old - died soon after.

Television footage showed two cars slewed at opposite corners of a crossing and brightly coloured school bags scattered on a sidewalk. The children had been returning from an outing to a lake, NHK said.

The two drivers, both women - one aged 62 and the other 52 - were arrested, it said.

Rapidly ageing Japan has recently seen a series of fatal car accidents involving elderly drivers.

In April, a mother and her three-year-old daughter were killed after a car driven by a 87-year-old man ploughed into people on a crosswalk.

The accidents have raised questions about how long people should be allowed to drive.