A truck driver has been jailed after his tire came loose and smashed into a bus, killing one and injuring three, in an accident as unusual as it is unpleasant.
The accident occurred in 2008, and the trial of the truck driver recently concluded; the driver, a 38-year-old man, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 20 months in prison, along with a ￥200,000 fine, some 8 months less than the prosecution sought.
The judge presiding castigated the driver: “You’ve excessively damaged road safety consciousness.”
The cause of the loose tire was determined to be 2 broken bolts inside the car’s rear left axle that had been negligently overlooked by the driver.
Once the large truck was out on the freeway, the tire came loose from its axle and collided forcefully with a Kinki Nippon tour bus, killing the driver and injuring passengers.