12-year-old girl killed after lying down on railway tracks

Posted on March 2, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Mar. 01, 2012 – 06:45AM TOKYO

A 12-year-old girl was killed after she lay down on railway tracks and waited for a speeding train in an apparent suicide, Tokyo police said Wednesday.

The elementary school student died after she was hit by a freight train just after 5 a.m. on the JR Yokosuka line between Nishi-Oi and Musashikosugi stations in Shinagawa Ward on Tuesday.

A letter from the girl that appeared to be a farewell note was found at her home.

“Given the circumstances, we suspect she committed suicide,” a police spokesman said.

Japan has one of the world’s highest suicide rates, with more than 31,000 people taking their own lives in 2010.

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