5 dead as van carrying Fukushima evacuees crashes

9 June 2012
A police van moves carefully along a road past damaged homes and amongst piles of debris left by the tsunami in 2011
A police van moves carefully along a road past damaged homes and amongst piles of debris left by the tsunami in 2011. Five people were killed when a van carrying elderly evacuees from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident collided head-on with a truck Saturday, local police and a report said

Five people were killed when a van carrying elderly evacuees from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident collided head-on with a truck Saturday, local police and a report said.

The van's passengers were elderly evacuees in their 70s and 80s from Fukushima, where last year's tsunami triggered a serious nuclear accident, Jiji Press said.

The van driver and four passengers were killed in the collision, Jiji said. The passengers were on the way back from hospital to their temporary homes.

A local police spokesman said the van and truck collided head-on in the city of Nihonmatsu, just outside of the no-go zone, but did not confirm further details.

A couple in their 30s who were in the truck and were also Fukushima evacuees suffered minor injuries, Jiji said.