HIROSHIMA -- Three people were confirmed dead after they were found in a car that plunged into in a drainage canal here on Sept. 20, police said.
Local police suspect that the three are an 83-year-old woman, her 54-year-old daughter and 52-year-old son who lived together at their home in Nishi Ward, Hiroshima, and are trying to identify them.
At around 11:45 p.m. on Sept. 20, Hiroshima Prefectural Police received an emergency call reporting that a car had sunk into a drainage canal extending from the Ota River in Hiroshima's Nishi Ward, western Japan, with only its roof exposed.
Officers found the three people inside the car. They were taken to a hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Investigators suspect that the car plunged into the canal after veering off a municipal road, and are investigating the cause of the accident. There is no guard rail along the canal.
(Japanese original by Youngho Lee, Fukuyama Bureau)