One dead as snowstorm causes 134-car pile-up in Japan

A snowstorm caused a 134-car pile-up which killed one person and left a dozen others injured in Japan.
At least 134 cars were involved in a series of crashes on a 1km stretch of the Tohoku Expressway, in the northern prefecture of Miyagi.

Authorities had imposed a speed limit of 50kph (31mph) after blizzard snow conditions cut visibility at about noon on Tuesday.

Image: One died and 12 were injured
Some 200 people were caught up in the pile-up and 12 of them were sent to hospital, the disaster management agency said.
Rescue operations were under way, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters.


Image: A snow storm struck on the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki
Japan has seen unusually heavy snow in recent weeks, with some parts seeing more than double the usual amount.
Last week Toyama city, on the Japanese coast, saw a new record 88cm (2.8ft) of snow within 48 hours, NHK reported, leaving many stranded.

Source : Sky News