A doctor driving what looks like a Mazda hatchback in Japan somehow launched his car over a divider and directly into a tour bus, killing himself and injuring 45, Japan Times reports. The video of the crash looks like something out of an action film. It is terrifying.
The crash happened on the Tomei Expressway in Shinshiro, Aichi Prefecture. A tour bus was taking tourists towards the city of Minami Alps in Yamanash Prefecture for a day of cherry picking and shopping. But the bus never made it to its destination. A 62-year-old doctor named Masamitsu Ikuma, who was driving in the opposite direction, lost control of his car. The car went airborne and slammed directly into the front of the tour bus. Here’s the video of the crash:
According to Japan Times, Ikuma was pronounced dead at the scene, while 45 of the 47 people on the bus suffered injuries. Police say that among those 45, six had broken bones, and the remainder had minor injuries.
The Japanese news site describes the frightening scene as bus passengers sought help at a nearby restaurant:
At a nearby restaurant, 20 to 30 injured passengers were waiting for medical help. While many were able to walk there unassisted, some were bleeding from head wounds after being struck by broken glass, a restaurant employee said. At the restaurant, broken glass was scattered across the floor and those injured were applying ice to their faces and arms, the employee said.
The expressway closed for five hours after the terrible crash.