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Turret truck driver killed in elevator accident at new Toyosu fish market

Small turret trucks zip around Toyosu market on Oct. 11, 2018. (Mainichi/Kimi Takeuchi)

TOKYO -- A man died at the new Toyosu Central Wholesale Market in Koto Ward, Tokyo, on April 8 after being crushed by the door of a freight elevator while driving a small turret truck, police said.

The man, who was in his 50s, worked at the market as a driver of the small trucks. Known as taare in Japanese, they are small motorized vehicles used to transport goods quickly within the market.

The incident comes only six months after the Toyosu market opened to the public on Oct. 11, 2018. Wholesalers and businesses moved from the wholesale market's previous site, Tsukiji in the capital's Chuo Ward, which closed for trading after 83 years on Oct. 6, 2018.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department's Fukagawa Police Station, the accident took place on the first floor of the wholesale fish market building at around 12:05 a.m. The man was driving his truck onto the elevator at the time of the incident, which was picked up by security cameras in the building.

The man, who was working alone at the time, died from injuries to the neck and chin. He was found by colleagues five minutes after the accident, and emergency services were called to the market.

The elevator is equipped with vertically closing doors that descend to the floor. The elevator car measures 3 meters high, is 3.3 meters wide and has a depth of 4.5 meters.

Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the accident.

(Japanese original by Tomoko Igarashi, City News Department)

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