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Two injured as Marine vehicle hits Expressway tunnel wall

Date Posted: 2011-07-29

The driver of a Marine Corps vehicle has been injured as he lost control and struck the wall of a tunnel as he approached an Expressway tollbooth.

Okinawa Prefectural Police say two Marines were taken to an Uruma City hospital following the 5:39 p.m. accident at the Kin IC Expressway exit. The driver was slightly injured, while the passenger suffered a nasal fracture. Investigators say the vehicle struck the tunnel wall while approaching the tollbooth from the northbound main lane.

The Okinawa Control Office of NEXCO West Japan, operators of the Okinawa Expressway, and Okinawa Prefectural Police shut down the Kin IC exit from 6:20 p.m. until 10 p.m. while the investigation was under way.

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