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U.S. serviceman in coma after his car involved in pileup on Okinawa Expressway

  • December 2, 2017
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo digital , 10:25 a.m.
  • JMH Translation

The pileup on the Okinawa Expressway

At 4:50 a.m. on Dec. 1, a pileup involving six cars occurred on the outbound lane of the Okinawa Expressway in Okinawa City. A regular passenger car with a Y license plate driven by a U.S. Marine Master Sergeant (44) struck a car from behind. When the U.S. Marine got out of the car, he was hit by car driven by a U.S. Marine staff sergeant (28). The master sergeant, who sustained a fractured skull and other injuries, was taken while unconscious and in critical condition to a hospital in the central part of the main island of Okinawa.


According to the Okinawa Prefectural Police mobile traffic unit, the Master Sergeant, who was driving the car with a Y license plate, parked on the shoulder of the expressway after striking a compact car that turned on to its side after rear-ending another car. Then a U.S. military truck approaching from the rear collided with the compact car and struck the central divider of the expressway and the vehicle with a Y license plate. The Master Sergeant, who had got out of his car, was run over by another car with a Y license plate [driven by the staff sergeant] approaching from the rear.


A man in his 50s who was in the car that turned on to its side sustained minor non-life-threatening injuries.


The accident took place on the northbound lanes located between the Okinawa-minami [south] Interchange (IC) and the Okinawa-kita [north] Interchange on the Okinawa Expressway. The section was closed for about six hours from a little after 5:00 a.m. to around 11:30 a.m. on account of the accident. The accident caused about 15km-long-traffic jam beginning from the Okinawa-minami IC because it coincided with the morning rush hour.



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