Japanese man killed by iron pipe from Tokyo building
14 October 2016 – An iron pipe that fell from near the 10th story of a building under construction in Tokyo’s Roppongi district struck a pedestrian on the head and killed him, police said earlier today.
The accident occurred just before 10 a.m. as workers were dismantling scaffolding. Rescue workers had to cut the pipe from the head of Kazuhiko Iimura, 77, from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, in order to take him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The pipe measured around 1.8 meters long and 3 centimeters thick, with the tip that struck the man being thinner.
The victim’s wife, also in her 70s, was transported to hospital but did not suffer major injuries herself, according to the police.
The accident happened near Roppongi subway station.