7 Die in Bus Smash – “How Did Anyone Survive That!?”

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The tragic devastation suffered by a bus carrying nearly 50 people to Tokyo Disneyland as it was sheared in two by a collision with an ill-placed concrete wall has aroused astonishment that as few as 7 people died.

The accident took place on a stretch of Gunma prefecture highway when a night bus on its way to Tokyo Disneyland collided head-on with a concrete “soundproofing” wall, which sliced through the length of the bus, destroying it totally.

Of the 45 passengers, 7 died with a further 38 injured, along with the driver. 2 of the injured are in critical condition. 6 of the dead were women in their early twenties, along with a middle-aged man. Amongst the injured were a 10-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl.

Police have launched a manslaughter investigation, suspecting that the driver may be largely at fault and concerned about the company’s late-night schedules which apparently did not include any change-over drivers.

However, concerns have also been voiced about the wall itself – described by some as “surely put there just to kill people” – although the driver’s confession that “I nodded off for a bit” suggests that negligence, poor road design and extreme bad luck may all be at fault.

The scale of the devastation suffered by the bus has been the subject of ghastly fascination online, with there being some surprise that anyone survived at all:

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Coming not long after an an epileptic man ran down 10 people in Kyoto, killing himself and 7 people in what was either an epilepsy attack, a horrendous accident or a murder-suicide, and another accident, again in Kyoto, in which an unlicensed and sleep-deprived 18-year-old youth crashed into a bus carrying 10 elementary schoolers, killing 2, there is a certain amount of concern about the safety of Japan’s roads of late.

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    Avatar of sandman
    Comment by sandman
    15:07 30/04/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    shouldn't the wall be designed to have its ends curved at the edges instead of having them be straight.like metal guardrails that eases into the wall. either that or something on the ends that crumples on impact, stopping any vehicles that go into it but doesn't wildly bounce them back into traffic.

    i'm not straying away from the fact that this is the fault of the driver though.

    Comment by Purple Mage
    15:17 30/04/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yes the wall is of a flawed design the ones here in the US have that curved section you are describing and sometimes also an energy absorbing crush section.

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    Comment by Sly
    02:15 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    YEs but japan is always opposite so i know what you mean by that

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    18:31 30/04/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    All the better to slice through vehicles, my dear.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:37 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's a katana wall, sharp as ever...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:59 30/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    But even if it's the fault of the driver. I think most the blame can be placed on the company for not ending his shift so he can sleep. So I think it goes maybe 40/60.

    Comment by Purple Mage
    16:58 30/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'm not sure about Japan but in the US if the hours of service rules have been violated the blame falls to the company for over working the drivers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:21 30/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    no i think it death final destination style~~

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nonsense. Death will get the survivors, but he hadn't anything to do with the accident at all. It just pisses him off that someone survived it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:33 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't help but be reminded of Yuzuki's father from Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 30/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree. There have being instances where things like this happen and forced companies to change their policies, scheduling practices to promote better safety practices..

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    Comment by DeliriousB
    03:18 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Thank you Captain Hindsight! God Bless You!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    exactly, thre's nothing to redirect the force, absorb the impact or act like a wall, instead of a knife

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:42 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That bus was a prime example of Typical Japanese Engineering operated by a race of barbaric baboons. Not surprised at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 08/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "i'm not straying away from the fact that this is the fault of the driver though."
    >not straying away

    oh you clever dog

    Avatar of cuppatea@yahoo.co.jp
    20:07 30/04/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Your Japanese word of the day is

    業務上過失致死 【ぎょうむじょうかしつちし】
    (noun) professional negligence resulting in death

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    Comment by dante0397
    16:42 30/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yeah, this rules out disney's recent video about the place where all of your dreams come true, or nightmares. And of course your life goes away. Exactly that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well at least it didn't explode...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:32 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yup, typical Japanese society to blame the bus driver for negligence or man slaughter. No! It couldn't possibly be the company's fault for forcing him to take that extra shift.

    I saw this on TV yesterday. According to the NHK reporter, the bus driver was forced to take the second shift because no one was available, despite his already long shift. It's funny because my wife and I both predicted that they would blame the bus driver and not the company. You just wait, we also predict that the bus driver's family will have to pay for the damages and money to the victim's family.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 30/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This happened because they have a Disneyland so full of fail!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:28 30/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Disneyland in general is full of fail, so what's your point?

    Comment by Anonymous

    I happen to have liked Disneyland up to when I was 28 and have no idea what you mean.
    Umad at people enjoying themselves bro?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:40 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    > The last time I went to Disneyland, I was 8 and unimpressed. Man up, bitchboy.

    Already did. But I wouldn't obey you. Being impressed is useless. The point is to have fun hanging around. Come to think of it, when I was little it kinda sucked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The last time I went to Disneyland, I was 8 and unimpressed. Man up, bitchboy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:42 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fail lurks everywhere. But don't worry. It's collected on the internet just for your enjoyment. Like this blog entry.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:45 30/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, I'm not mad at all. Tokyo Disneyland is actually larger than the one in California and it's better equipped, and THAT'S my point. I personally didn't enjoy either, but I don't intend to rain on anyone's parade. If you had fun, well good for you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:27 30/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hum. Oh well. Thinking back I've only been to Tokyo Disneyland twice and I was more interested in watching the people with me having fun, than having fun myself. But that was fun, so... Technically it did its job.

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    Comment by Sylar
    19:38 30/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is because Disney is the company of EVIL!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So far, Disneyland is deadlier than Fukushima

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    Comment by oniichan
    07:32 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gunma, that's where my Subaru was born :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ouch! Like a hot knife going through a stick of butter.

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    Comment by cpc65
    08:16 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Passenger to driver:"I think I'm on the wrong bus. Where are we going?"
    Bus driver:"Tokyo Disneyland."
    Passenger grabs wheel and swerves bus into wall.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ill placed? at the edge of the roadway, in-line with the guardrail ON A BRIDGE? what were they thinking? after all, busses should totally drive half on and half off the roadway 40 feet in the air, this is common knowledge. its not like the wall was in the middle of the road, or even between lanes. it didn't run out into the roadway.

    talk about scapegoating. driver fell asleep at the wheel and plowed into a stationary object that defined the edge of the roadway. pretty clear cut just looking at the pictures.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Captain Hidnsight! Where are you when you are needed the most?!

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    Comment by TNinja
    04:06 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, I cannot imagine the death of that person who got the wall's end straight into the face.

    Seath number 21, was it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:16 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is such a tragedy.......people actually wanting to go to Disney Japan....

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:57 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If this was in China, all the weeabos would be questioning the integrity of the bus. LOL Japan makes horribly unsafe cars.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:26 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Surprised there's no mention of the fact that the driver is former-Chinese

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    still doesn't top Malaysia in bus crashes.
    its like at least 2 horrible bus accidents with deaths every months.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:54 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Malaysia? Whats dat?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:44 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So are they still going to make fun of our giant yellow tanks now? Their bus looks to be china quality!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:42 28/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Such a tragedy.... That bus only had 3 days till retirement ;_;

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:39 11/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the civilness of discussion here when the accident happened in Japan. If this happened in China the comments would be full of trolls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 04/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Drove in Japan for five years... the best roads in the world minus the stupid tolls.
    Should have pounded an Energy Drink o well now you F-d up good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    the fare of highway express bus is incredibly low-priced in Japan.
    eccessive price war caused this tragedy ultimately.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:56 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol. You think Japanese public transportation is cheap? You need to travel more. Japan's one the more expensive side, even for a developed country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:37 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @12:56 You do realize there currency is different than yours, right? The bus fare I payed when i was back there was pretty cheap, It's the Taxi's that are expensive over there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:57 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I meant "on" not "one". small typo there

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    worst trip to disneyland ever

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:31 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    holy shit
    strong wall

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:32 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >there is a certain amount of concern about the safety of Japan’s roads of late.
    Which is uncalled for since there is actually a lull in road deaths in Japan. It's now at about the same level as Europe or America but sixty years ago it was a lot worse.
    No sense in panicking just because some immoral boss forced a weak-willed or penniless underling to sleep-drive.
    I predict the company will escape all charges, while the driver will be forced to voluntarily resign and then maybe get thrown in the slammer for a while.





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