TOKYO (TR) – An elderly taxi driver collided with a car and veered onto a sidewalk before crashing into a utility pole, leaving four injured, police said on Tuesday.
The 69-year-old male driver was trying to change lanes when he collided with a car behind him before hitting an auto bike and veering onto a sidewalk at an intersection in Aoyama district at around 8:40 a.m., TBS News reports (Dec. 6).
The taxi driver also struck and seriously injured an 80-year-old woman on her bike, who suffered a skull fracture, police said.
A 50-year-old pedestrian was also struck, Fuji News Network quoted police as saying, bringing the total number of injured people to four — including the taxi driver who temporarily lost consciousness.
Police are questioning the taxi driver and the 49-year-old driver of the car, adding no brake marks were found at the scene.
A witness said they “went outside after hearing what sounded like something huge falling or crashing when I saw the car up [on the sidewalk]. Seems like the driver was asleep or unconscious, and had his foot on the accelerator even after the crash.”