One person dead, 10 hurt in expressway tunnel pileups in Shizuoka Prefecture
Japan Times -- Aug 04
A woman on a motorcycle was killed and 10 people were injured in a pair of multiple-vehicle collisions Thursday in an expressway tunnel in Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture, police said.

Five vehicles and a motorcycle collided in the 2.6-km-long tunnel on the Shin-Tomei Expressway around 10:10 a.m., injuring seven people. Another crash, which involved three vehicles, occurred around 100 meters from the site of the first accident, leaving three injured. Sumiko Tominaga, 51, was later pronounced dead, they said.

Police arrested Yu Daibo, a 52-year-old truck driver from Hiroshima Prefecture, at the site of the first pileup on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in death and injury.

Daibo told investigators that he caused the accident as he was checking email on a smartphone while driving.

静岡県の新東名高速で9台が絡む玉突き事故が起き、女性1人が死亡しました。携帯電話が原因だった可能性があります。 3日午前10時すぎ、静岡県島田市の新東名高速上りの大草トンネル内で、大型トラックが前を走るバイクに追突しました。
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