Japan tour bus veers off mountain road; Fourteen dead

Japan tour bus veers off mountain road; Fourteen dead

Japan tour bus veers off mountain road; Fourteen dead

Written by Staff Writer

15 Jan, 2016 | 9:28 am

Fourteen people were killed when a bus ferrying tourists to a ski resort in central Japan rolled off a mountain roadway in the early hours of Friday morning, according to local authorities.

The bus was carrying 41 people to Kita Shiga, a popular ski resort in Shiga Prefecture when it crashed near the town of Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, according to local police. Twenty-seven people were injured.

It’s not known what caused the accident; images from the scene showed no snow on the road and conditions were dry at the time of the crash, police said.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters in Tokyo there would be an investigation.

The overnight bus left Tokyo Thursday night and was carrying 39 people and two drivers.

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