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Six-car pileup involving 10-ton cargo truck injures 19 in Nagano

A cargo truck triggered a five-car pileup (TV Asahi)
A cargo truck triggered a five-car pileup on a highway in Suwa City (TV Asahi)

NAGANO (TR) – A large cargo truck crashed into heavy traffic and triggered a five-car pileup on an expressway in Suwa City on Monday, leaving at least 19 people injured.

The 10-ton truck crashed into the cars on the Chuo Expressway at around 5:10 p.m. during heavy traffic due to road construction work, the Nishinippon Shimbun (Apr. 3) quoted Nagano Prefectural Police as saying.

A total of 19 people were rushed to a hospital. Six were seriously injured, the prefectural highway patrol said.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash, which shuttered the southbound lane of the Okaya Junction for some six hours.