The Deaf die of accident at railroad crossing in western Japan

The alarm and crossing gates are set up in the railroad crossing where the fatal accident occurred last April.
(photo: http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/Disaster/An201011200152.html)


A Deaf elder man (89) was hit to death by the train when he was walking across the railroad crossing in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture in March, 2003.

The JR (Japanese Railroad) West had installed the railroad sign and the light that warned for the temporary stop after the accident.

Yet the tragedy was repeated. A Deaf woman (36) who took a ride on a bicycle was hit by the train and died in Okayama Prefecture in April, 2009.

The Prefecture Federation of the Persons with Disabilities submitted the request to the JR West branch office that covers Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures, in June, 2009 for the immediate installation of the crossing gates and the alarm to all the railroad crossings.

The Okayama branch office will install the alarm and the crossing gates in the railroad crossing in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture where the accident has often happened, in December.

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