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8 injured as bus crashes into house in Tokyo suburb

This file photo shows an ambulance on a road. (Mainichi/Kazuhisa Soneda)

TOKYO -- Eight people were injured after a bus reportedly plowed into a house in the Tokyo suburban city of Machida on the evening of Nov. 18.

    Police received an emergency call at around 8:20 p.m. on that day from a witness saying "a bus has crashed into a house." The bus driver, a man in his 50s, and seven passengers aged between 10 and 69 were injured, including one woman who sustained bruises to her face, according to the Metropolitan Police Department's Machida Police Station.

    Police said the bus was operated by Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu Co. After departing from a nearby bus stop, it reportedly careened wildly down the street for over 100 meters, smashing into the fences of other houses before crashing into the residence. The bus driver was quoted as saying, "I had something like an anemia attack after leaving the bus stop. I lost consciousness and don't remember anything."

    (Japanese original by Yusuke Kato, Machida Resident Bureau)

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