Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Family perishes in snow-buried car

The vehicle of Kazuyo Miyashita pictured after being dug out of the snow along a road in Nakashibetsu, Hokkaido, northern Japan (AP)

Heavy snow that fell in northern Japan over the weekend killed eight people, including a woman and her three children whose car was buried.

Kazuyo Miyashita, 40, her daughters Misa, 17, and Sayo, 14, and her son Daiki, 11, died in hospital of carbon-monoxide poisoning after their vehicle was buried in the snow on Hokkaido island, according to Kyodo news service.

Separately, Haruna Kitagawa, 23, froze to death after leaving her car, stuck in the snow. A 53-year-old man died after getting buried in the snow, although his nine-year-old daughter found with him was recovering, Kyodo said.

A 54-year-old man and a man of 76 were found collapsed in the snow in another part of Hokkaido and both were confirmed dead.

The storm caused 6ft 6in drifts and was blamed for derailing a bullet train in Akita state, south of Hokkaido, on Saturday afternoon.

Kyodo said the passenger train was moving slowly because of the heavy snow on the tracks and the derailment caused no injuries.

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