Man injures 3 commuters in fatal leap in front of Keio train -- Mar 13
A man was killed and three commuters injured after he apparently leaped in front of a passing train at a station in Kawasaki City on Thursday, police said, reports Nippon News Network (Mar. 12).

At around 6:30 a.m., the man, believed to be in his 40s, leaped from a platform at Wakabadai Station and into the path of an oncoming Keio Sagamihara Line limited-express train.

The impact sent parts of the man’s body flying, resulting in injuries to three commuters (two male, one female) on the platform.

The man was confirmed dead at a hospital. The other three commuters suffered light injuries, police said.

The male driver of the train also sustained light injuries due to flying glass caused by the body of the man impacting the front of the train, police said.

The incident caused the line to be halted for about one hour. It also impacted the operation of Keio Line between Chofu and Tama Center stations, according to NHK (Mar. 12).

電車に飛び込んだ男性の体がホームにいた別の客にぶつかりました。  12日午前6時半ごろ、川崎市麻生区の京王相模原線若葉台駅で相模原市の45歳の男性が上りの特急電車に衝突し、死亡しました。男性の体は電車に衝突後に跳ね返り、ホームにいた40代の男性客が股関節骨折の重傷、20代と60代の男女が軽いけがです。運転士も割れたガラスで目にけがをしました。
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