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Man led by guide dog fatally hit by train at station in Saitama Pref.

The platform at JR Warabi Station in Saitama Prefecture, where the man accompanied by a guide dog was fatally hit by a train after falling onto the tracks, is seen on Jan. 14, 2017. (Mainichi)

WARABI, Saitama -- A man led by a guide dog was fatally struck by a train after falling onto the tracks at a station here on Jan. 14, it has been learned.

Video footage from JR Warabi Station's security camera shows the man believed to be in his 60s walking down the stairs with his guide dog at the station on the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line early on Jan. 14, and then heading along the platform. There is no footage of the accident, which happened at about 7:10 a.m.

It is thought that the man was walking too close to the edge of the platform, lost his footing, fell onto the tracks, and then was hit by a local 10-coach train traveling from Omiya to Ofuna stations.

According to Warabi Police Station and local officials, the man is believed to be visually impaired, given that he was accompanied by a guide dog. The dog was not injured during the accident. There are Braille blocks on the platform at Warabi Station but there are no platform doors.

The Omiya branch of the East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) has stated that there were no helpers for the man, and that he was walking between the Braille blocks and the tracks before losing his footing.

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