A crane truck collided with a passenger car on Tuesday in Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture, leaving two men dead and three others injured, local police and rescuers said.
Both men who died were 18, with one believed to have been the driver of the car.
The other three passengers, all second-year high-school students, are being treated for serious injuries, including traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage.
The collision, around 6.40am, likely occurred when the truck and car were passing in opposite lanes, according to the police, who suspect the car may have slid over the dividing line and collided head-on with the truck.
The 68-year-old driver of the crane truck was not injured, they said.
The road surface was still wet from rain, and the car was found overturned when the police arrived at the scene of the accident, around 2km from Namegawa Station along the Tone River.
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