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An aerial view shows the site where a car involved in an accident with another vehicle skidded into a group of nursery school children Photograph: KYODO/Reuters

Nursery children critically injured in Japan as car ploughs into group

At least four critical after car hits children on a pavement in Otsu city

WT24 Desk

A car has ploughed into a group of kindergarten children in western Japan’s Shiga region, leaving at least four of them critically injured, AFP reports.

There was no immediate detail on why the car veered off the road into the group of children in the city of Otsu.

“The accident occurred on a road in Ogaya in Otsu city,” a police spokesman said.

“A car hit a line of about 15 nursery school children out walking. Several people were injured,” he added.

The local city government also confirmed the accident but had no further details.

Public broadcaster NHK reported that four children were in critical condition and that others were hospitalised after the accident.

The children and their teachers were on the pavement near a crossing when the small vehicle crashed into them.

Footage on local media in the aftermath of the accident showed the car had veered up off the road and onto the pavement. A second car that appeared to have been damaged in a crash could be seen still on the road.

There was no immediate detail on who was driving the car, but Japan has seen a rise in fatal accidents caused by elderly drivers.

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