Police say the driver of a car who ran into pedestrians in Osaka had possibly suffered an acute illness and lost consciousness.
Police say the car on Thursday afternoon first hit people crossing a pedestrian scramble, then plowed into others on a sidewalk. The incident occurred at a busy intersection in front of Hankyu Railway’s Umeda Station.
A man in his 50s was killed in the accident. A female in her 20s is in critical condition. 8 others were injured. The 51-year-old driver also died.
NHK learned that investigators say the driver may have suffered a sudden onset of a disorder that causes rupturing of a blood vessel near the heart and unconsciousness.
Police suspect he was unable to drive safely and sped into the crossing during a red light.
They plan to examine his health records and conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Source and image: NHK