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Tokyo cops: Elderly taxi driver collides with car, veers onto sidewalk; 4 hurt

An elderly taxi driver collided with a car and veered onto a sidewalk in Tokyo, leaving four injured (TBS News)

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.”

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