Policeman, woman badly injured after being hit by train in Tokyo
Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 07:03 EST
TOKYO — A police officer and a woman were hit and badly injured by an oncoming train near Tokiwadai Station on the Tobu Tojo Line in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after he apparently tried to rescue her from the tracks, police said.
Police Sergeant Kunihiko Miyamoto, 53, remains unconscious and in a critical condition due to skull fractures, and the woman, who appears to be about 40 years old, is also badly injured with hipbone fractures but is conscious, the Tokyo Fire Department said.
The accident took place at a crossing near the station. The woman walked onto tracks beyond a crossing gate, and the officer, who was stationed at a "koban" police box nearby, tried to get her off the tracks before an express train hit them, police said.
Shortly before the accident, a passerby notified the officer at the koban that a woman was on the tracks. The policeman dragged her from the crossing and brought her to the koban, but she ran away to the crossing again, according to police.
Police quoted the woman as saying, "I don't mind getting killed," when she was dragged from the tracks.