Date
17 October 2017
A Japanese TV channel (inset) reports the news of the tragedy which took place on a stretch of highway in Hokkaido. Photos: pantravel.net, NHK
A Japanese TV channel (inset) reports the news of the tragedy which took place on a stretch of highway in Hokkaido. Photos: pantravel.net, NHK

Hong Kong boy, 3, killed in Hokkaido family road trip tragedy

A Japanese road trip turned into a nightmare for a Hong Kong couple when their rental car smashed into a lamp post, killing their three-year-old boy.

The family of four was traveling from Sapporo to Asahikawa, the second largest city in Hokkaido, when the accident occurred shortly before noon on Wednesday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The child was certified dead in a nearby hospital while the rest of the family, including the boy’s two-year-old brother, sustained minor injuries.

Investigators said the vehicle was being driven by the 30-year-old father when it careered off the road and slammed into a lamp post in Iwamizawa city, about 100 kilometers from Asahikawa. 

The impact likely killed the three-year-old instantly, police said. The father suffered a bone fracture. 

It was the second deadly car accident involving Hong Kong visitors to Hokkaido, one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations.

In December 2012, two people from a Hong Kong family died when their rental car slipped on an icy road and collided head-on with a truck, according to Ming Pao Daily.

The Immigration Department said it has contacted relatives of the victims of Wednesday’s accident.

Some family members are scheduled to travel to Hokkaido, accompanied by immigration officers.

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