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Woman in electric wheelchair fatally hit by train on crossing in Hyogo Pref.

Police officers examine a crossing on the JR Sanyo Line in Takasago, Hyogo Prefecture, where a woman in an electric wheelchair was fatally hit by a train on Jan. 12, 2018. (Mainichi)

TAKASAGO, Hyogo -- A woman in an electric wheelchair died after being hit by a train on a railway crossing here on the afternoon of Jan. 12, police said.

    Local police are trying to identify the woman while investigating the details of the accident.

    At around 3:30 p.m., the driver of a local train bound for Maibara from Aboshi spotted a woman in a wheelchair on the crossing of the JR Sanyo Line in Takasago, Hyogo Prefecture, about 300 meters before the crossing, and applied the brakes, local police said. However, the train hit the woman and dragged her for about 60 meters before coming to a halt. The woman was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

    The crossing was closed when the accident occurred. An emergency stop button at the crossing had not been pushed.

    A security camera near the scene shows the wheelchair came to a standstill on the crossing about two seconds after the bar was lowered. The woman was operating her wheelchair and raised her hand before the train arrived at the crossing 30 seconds later, police said.

    West Japan Railway Co., the operator of the line, said none of the 300 passengers on the train were injured.

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