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Osaka man, 90, hit by train on third day of wheelchair life.

OSAKA, June 26 Kyodo

A 90-year-old man on a rental electric wheelchair was struck and killed by an express train at a railroad crossing in Kashiwara, Osaka Prefecture on Wednesday.

The police said the accident happened two days after the man got the wheelchair, a five-speed model, from a rental company.

The accident took place at around 1 p.m. at a level crossing on the JR Kansai line near the Takaida station.

A witness told the police that she saw the man enter the crossing after the crossing bar had come down. The police said the wheelchair was set at the second fastest speed at the time of the accident.

West Japan Railway Co. officials said the train driver used the emergency brake as he saw a human silhouette entering the crossing but it was too late.

The police said the impact hurled the wheelchair more than 10 meters away. The man was taken to hospital and died five hours later, police officials said.

After the accident, JR canceled a total of 42 trains in both directions.
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Date:Jun 30, 2003
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