A Japanese teacher was hit by a bus and died on Monday when she was crossing the street at the bus stop in front of Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City.
The woman, who reportedly had leg disability and walked with crutches, was crossing the street to take a bus back to her home in District 7 at 3.30 pm, when she tumbled and fell and was run over by an arriving bus, witnesses said. She was killed on the spot.
Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted a person who claimed to be her student as saying that the deceased was Miyamoto Michiko, 49, a freelance Japanese language teacher.
Initial reports said her name was Kakinuma Joji, based on ID in a document that she was carrying. However, the student said it was the name of another Japanese whom Michiko knew.
An unidentified student, who was helping her to cross the street, luckily stayed unharmed, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Police are investigating.
Earlier this month, an American teacher was killed when he was hit by a truck on District 7’s Huynh Tan Phat Street in Ho Chi Minh City.
The victim, Wayne Madison, who worked for an international school in District 7, was riding a bicycle to work on Sep.9 when the accident happened.
In June, Japanese archaeologist Nishimura Masanari, who had been working for 23 years in Vietnam, was also killed in a road accident in Hanoi.
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