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High school soccer player fatally hit by hammer throw on training ground

An on-site investigation is carried out at Fujioka Chuo High School in Gunma Prefecture on Dec. 21, 2017, after a fatal incident. (Mainichi)

FUJIOKA, Gunma -- A high school soccer player died on Dec. 20 after being hit in the head by a hammer thrown by a track and field team member on the school training ground, police said.

    Kazuha Ohiro, a 17-year-old second-year student at Fujioka Chuo High School, was reportedly putting soccer equipment away when the incident occurred at around 6:25 p.m. According to Gunma Prefectural Police, the student was rushed to hospital in the nearby city of Takasaki but died there shortly after 8 p.m.

    Police said the track and field club member who made the errant hammer throw was practicing at a training field next to a soccer ground. The hammer, whose metal head weighed around 4 kilograms and measured about 10 centimeters in diameter, flew approximately 48 meters and is believed to have hit Ohiro near the border between the two fields. Police also said there was a net set up at the training ground to prevent wayward hammer throws.

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