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Bus driver arrested after fatally hitting 13-year-old girl in Akita Prefecture

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Police in Yurihonjo City, Akita Prefecture, have arrested a 33-year-old bus driver on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in death after he hit and killed a 13-year-old girl.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 6:25 p.m. on Monday along National Route 7, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said visibility was good along the straight two-lane stretch of the road where the accident occurred. The girl was hit as she was walking across the road.

The driver immediately stopped and called 119. Police said the girl was declared dead at the scene. Neither the bus driver nor any passengers were injured.

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Sad. This is an area where I think AI has a lot of potential, to help avoid accidents with distracted or negligent drivers.

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The girl was hit as she was walking across the road.

Doesn't say if it was on a crossing, was she running? Sad all round, that will stay with the driver for life. RIP

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Sad. This is an area where I think AI has a lot of potential, to help avoid accidents with distracted or negligent drivers.

AI can mess things up just as badly. Personally, I'd feel safer with a human.

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Condolences to the family. We don’t have all the facts yet. The driver called emergency services immediately. Certainly he is remorseful.

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Very Sad, accidents happen, I just wish it did not result in her death. RIP

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A bus is a lot less maneuverable than a teenager. It's very hard to bring a bus to a quick stop. The bus driver is not going to be negligent, at least in the normal sense, when he is unable to defy the laws of physics and stop his multi-ton vehicle in a few metres.

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Condolences to the family. We don’t have all the facts yet. The driver called emergency services immediately. Certainly he is remorseful.

It would be pretty hard to make a getaway with a bus full of people...

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@ Lamilly

The girl was hit as she was walking across the road.

Doesn't say if it was on a crossing, was she running? Sad all round, that will stay with the driver for life. RIP

Could it be perhaps she had headphone on and she walked out into traffic, this happens alot.

This is very sad for both families. I am pretty sure the driver feels very remorseful a bus is not easy to stop once it gets going.

Police said visibility was good along the straight two-lane stretch of the road where the accident occurred. The girl was hit as she was walking across the road.

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We need to know why she was on the road or why was the bus on the foot path, then we can atleast make some considerations.

Guessing she was on the road, Sad none the less

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Very sad indeed, I am not blamming the driver or the girl, I am sure the police will or should take witness statements, and come to a conclusion, In the UK its mandatory that one in so many employees is a qualified first aider ( first responder in the US) is this the same in Japan? would the driver have had any first aid training?

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These stories always leave out a lot of pertinent information like - was she in an intersection. In my opinion, they always say when that is so but since they didn't it means she wasn't and as tragic and this is if that is the case then the driver should not be charged. RIP to the young girl.

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Brian Wheway

Very sad indeed, I am not blamming the driver or the girl, I am sure the police will or should take witness statements, and come to a conclusion, In the UK its mandatory that one in so many employees is a qualified first aider ( first responder in the US) is this the same in Japan? would the driver have had any first aid training?

The answer is no, the drivers don't have first aid training. They are not allowed to give any. They call an ambulance which has two people who also are not allowed to give any first aid. If the victim survives long enough they will receive treatment when they arrive at the hospital. But weekends are difficult with most hospitals closed and finding one with an ER.

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@zichi,

I don't think that's quite the case. Paramedics are part of the ambulance service, although one may not always be present.

https://intjem.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12245-020-00316-7

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albaleo

@zichi,

I don't think that's quite the case. Paramedics are part of the ambulance service, although one may not always be present.

I have been taken to the hospital twice by emergency ambulance. I received little treatment until I arrive at a hospital.

"EMTs in Japan, compared with those in some countries, can appear limited in the procedures they are legally allowed to perform. They focus on stabilizing the patient, stopping blood loss, collecting information and transporting patients safely to a medical facility."

https://healthytokyo.com/blog/ambulance-services-and-emts-in-japan/

The collecting of the patient's info takes too much time and won't move until it's done.

Some ambulance does have paramedics but not on everyone. The son of a friend has just passed his test to be one.

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There are a lot of information missing.

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