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3 die after car plunges into canal in Hiroshima

The east building of the Hiroshima Prefectural Government headquarters that houses the Hiroshima Prefectural Police is seen in this file photo taken in Naka Ward, Hiroshima. (Mainichi/Misa Koyama)

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)

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