Police suspect loophole drug in car accident
NHK -- Feb 06
Police suspect a driver under the influence of a legal loophole drug caused a multiple car pileup in Fukuoka City, western Japan on Tuesday night.

Police officials say a car drove off suddenly after being approached from behind by a patrol car. The vehicle moved recklessly through a street in Tenjin, Fukuoka's entertainment district, colliding with 9 vehicles before smashing into a guard rail and coming to a stop. A total of 15 people were injured.

福岡市で車が暴走して15人が重軽傷を負った事故で、警察が危険運転傷害容疑での立件­を視野に捜査していることが分かりました。 4日深夜、福岡市天神の繁華街で、普通乗用車が信号停車中の車などに次々とぶつかりな­がら交差点に進入し、15人が重軽傷を負いました。
Sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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