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6 teens dead, 2 injured in motorcycle accident in Japan’s Nara

Six teenagers died and two other teens were injured in a motorcycle accident in the western Japan city of Nara early Friday, police said.

Although a large two-seater motorcycle was involved in the crash, none of the eight had a driver’s license for it, the police said, adding the teens were overloaded on the motorcycle and two mopeds.

According to the police, the six who died are five males aged 17 and 18, all residents of Nara, and a 14-year-old girl from Yamatokoriyama in Nara Prefecture. A 17-year-old girl was severely injured, while a 14-year-old girl sustained minor injuries.

The cause of the accident is not yet known.

Of the eight, four had licenses for mopeds, the police said. Only two helmets were found at the scene, they said.

According to a witness, the motorbike riders and the vehicle were found lying on the road shortly after running a red light, the police said.

The accident occurred on an elevated road with two lanes on each side about 2.5 kilometers from the central part of Nara city.

All — Kyodo News+

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