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Baby Dies From Injuries During Bridge Stampede

July 29, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A 5-month-old girl died from injuries sustained July 21 in a deadly stampede after a fireworks festival in western Japan, authorities said. The death toll now stands at 11.

Nina Tada had been in a coma since the tragedy, which occurred on a crowded pedestrian overpass linking the train station and beach in Akashi, a city spokesman said.

The bridge, spanning a busy road, was packed with about 3,000 people, some leaving a fireworks show, others heading to the beach. The crush killed nine children and two women and injured about 130 others.

Hyogo state police were questioning organizers and police for possible negligence, news reports said.

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