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Woman, baby boy killed after limited express train hits car in central Japan

GIFU -- A woman and a newborn boy were killed after an express train on the JR Takayama Main Line crashed into their vehicle at a rail crossing in the town of Kawabe in the central Japan prefecture of Gifu on Sept. 27, police said.

According to Kamo Police Station, the driver of the car, a woman in her 40s, and a baby boy were confirmed dead after being taken to a hospital following the accident, which occurred at around 9:30 a.m.

At the time, about 170 passengers were aboard the seven-car "Wide View Hida" limited express bound for Toyama Station from Nagoya Station, but none of them were injured.

Central Japan Railway Co. officials say the railroad crossing gate and security alarm were working properly. Local police are conducting further investigations.

Both inbound and outbound train services on the Takayama Main Line were temporarily suspended between Mino-ota and Naka-kawabe stations.

(Japanese original by Shinji Yokota, Gifu Bureau)

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