Festival float topples in central Japan, killing 1 and injuring at least 18

NHK -- Nov 03

A large float has toppled over at a festival in Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan, killing one person and injuring at least 18.

The incident took place on Friday morning during an annual festival held by Hirose Shrine in Izunokuni City.

Police say one of the floats being paraded on the streets appears to have become uncontrollable and flipped on its side on a downward slope.

Musicians riding the float along with others who were pulling it with ropes were caught up in the accident. Police say a man in his 70s has died.

The shrine has called off the festival.

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