9-year-old boy causes traffic accident in Japan

NHK -- Jun 06
A 9-year-old boy has crashed a car into another vehicle in northern Japan, injuring himself and one other person. Police say no one else was in the car he was driving.

Police say the accident occurred at an intersection of a national highway in Morioka City on Saturday. They say the boy and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to hospital but neither had suffered life-threatening injuries.

Several police vehicles had been chasing the boy at the time of the accident. Authorities say they had received several reports of a child driving a car.

The boy was reportedly driving between 30 to 40 kilometers per hour. There was heavy traffic at the time.

The boy's mother told police that he had disappeared from sight when she noticed her car and car keys missing. Police are investigating the circumstances that led to the incident. - NHK

岩手・盛岡市で5日、児童が運転する車が玉突き事故を起こし、児童を含む2人がけがをした。 車は、パトカーに追跡されていたという。 5日午後5時半前、「子どもが車を運転している」と通報があり、警察が、盛岡市内で車を運転する10歳未満の児童を発見した。 - FNNプライムオンライン