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2 apparently drunk men fatally hit by train at crossing in Kawasaki

YOKOHAMA -- Two men who were apparently drunk died after they were hit by a train at a crossing in Kawasaki's Tama Ward in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Dec. 6, police said.

Two company employees, one aged 34 who lived in the Tokyo suburban city of Tama, and another man, 37, who resided in the capital's suburban city of Chofu, were hit by a six-car local train on the JR Nambu Line at around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. They were taken to the hospital but were confirmed dead.

According to the Kanagawa Prefectural Police's Tama Police Station, the two were colleagues. There is an eyewitness report that they looked drunk and entered the railroad crossing although the gate was down and the alarm was sounding.

There were no reports of injuries to train passengers in the incident. Both inbound and outbound train services on the line were temporarily suspended due to the accident.

(Japanese original by Kazuhiko Hori, Yokohama Bureau)

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