Snow Kills 8 In Japan

Heavy snow this weekend on Hokkaido island in northern Japan killed eight people, including a family trapped in a buried car. The storm caused six-and-a-half-feet drifts and derailed a bullet train in Akita prefecture, south of Hokkaido.


In this photo, the vehicle of Kazuyo Miyashita is seen after being dug out of the snow along a road in Nakashibetsu, Hokkaido. Kyodo news service says Miyashita, 40, her two daughters Misa, 17, and Sayo, 14, and her son Daiki, 11, died at a hospital Saturday night of carbon-monoxide poisoning after their vehicle got buried in the snow.


A policeman inspects the site where Miyashita’s vehicle got buried in the snow. Heavy snow that fell on the main northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend has killed eight people, including the family.

Separately, Haruna Kitagawa, 23, froze to death after leaving her car, stuck in the snow. A 53-year-old man died Sunday after getting buried in the snow, although his 9-year-old daughter found with him was recovering, Kyodo said.

Also over the weekend, a 54-year-old man and a 76-year-old man were found collapsed in the snow in another part of Hokkaido, and both were confirmed dead, it said.



Stranded vehicles are buried under snow along a road in Nakashibetsu, Hokkaido.

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On March 2, 2013 passengers get off from a derailed bullet train in heavy snow in Daisen, Akita prefecture in northern Japan. About 130 passengers were aboard the train when the first car of the six-car train derailed, but none was injured in the accident, Kyodo also reported.

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Railway workers and investigators inspect the bullet train the morning after it derailed.

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