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Woman, 3-year-old daughter killed, 8 others injured after car, garbage truck collide in Tokyo

A car collided with a garbage truck in Tokyo on Friday, killing a woman and her daughter and injuring eight pedestrians.
The accident occurred at around 12:25 p.m. near Higashi-Ikebukuro subway station in Toshima Ward, Fuji TV reported. Police said the car, driven by an 87-year-old man, hit a pedestrian first, then continued on for about 70 meters where it collided with the garbage truck, with both vehicles hitting people on a crossing. After that, the garbage truck flipped over onto its side.
Mana Matsunaga, 31, and her 3-year-old daughter Riko, who were on a bicycle, were taken to hospital where they died later Friday. The truck driver and five pedestrians suffered serious injuries.
A witness said that the car was speeding when it hit the first pedestrian.
Kyodo News reported that footage taken from the car's dash-cam recorder shows the vehicle was running at high speed for about 150 meters, according to the police. The driver told police that the car's accelerator was not able to return to its original position.
Editor's note: Story has been updated to report that the woman and her daughter, who had been in a coma, have died.


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