At least 14 individuals are killed and 27 injured when a bus carrying passengers to a ski resort veered off a mountain road in rural Japan.The vehicle had 41 people on board and was going from Tokyo to some ski resort in Nagano state when it skidded off the street near town of Karuizawa at around 2am Friday morning.
Japan’s transport ministry has already started an investigation looking into the reason behind the crash as the road was clear of snow and ice at the time. Tiredness is considered a variable that was potential, although there were two drivers on board the bus at that time, working in shifts behind the wheel. Although first reports in the Japanese media suggested 19 or the 27 people hurt were in a serious illness, as stated by the Guardian, the essence of the injuries was not immediately clear.
Japanese TV networks showed a white bus lying on its side in a ditch by the right or left side of the road. The front of the car, using its smashed windscreen, seemed to have suffered the worst damage.
Winter sports like snowboarding and skiing are very popular in Japan. With many mountain resorts easily accessible from cities including Tokyo, tourist buses are the most typical approach to reach the slopes.