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3 dead, 2 injured in car collision in Mie

A two-car collision in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, killed three people and injured two others Saturday night, police said.
A car crashed into the side of a taxi as the taxi pulled out of a restaurant parking lot, police said. The taxi driver, Tatsuki Nomura, 44, and two passengers, Masaki Nagata, 58, and Hirokazu Yokoi, 37, were later pronounced dead in hospital.
The two other passengers in the taxi, aged 28 and 31, and the 56-year-old man driving the other vehicle were seriously injured, police said.
The accident occurred around 9:50 p.m. on a six-lane highway about three kilometers from the central area of the city. Police said the taxi was attempting to cross over three lanes when it was hit from the right by the other car.


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