Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Visually Impaired Paralympian Hit by Self-Driving Bus in Athletes’ Village, Suffers Injuries

Published:Nov 26, 202316:04

At the continued Paralympic Games 2020, a visually impaired Paralympian was hit by a self-driving bus in the athletes’ village in Tokyo. Reportedly, the para-athlete has suffered accidents to leg and head. Toyota, builders of the self-driving bus, have now suspended the operation of the autos following the accident. The firm, in the meantime, has issued an apology following the incident. Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Five Countries Make Paralympic Debut in Tokyo.

“A Toyota e-Palette, a mobility vehicle used to support mobility within the Athletes’ Village at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, collided with a visually impaired pedestrian about to cross a pedestrian crossing,” Toyota mentioned in a press release.

“Firstly, we would like to express our sincerest apologies to the individual that was injured due to this unfortunate collision and we wish them a speedy recovery. We would also like to apologize for any inconvenience caused to those who use our mobility vehicles in the Athletes' Village.

“All operations of the e-Palette are currently suspended. We are fully cooperating with the police investigation into the incident in order to determine the cause of this accident. In addition, we will conduct our own thorough investigation into the cause of the accident and we will continue to coordinate closely with the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to ensure that we prevent any incidents from occurring in the future,” it added.

The opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games was held on August 24. The video games after being postponed from final 12 months will run until September 04. India is among the collaborating nations on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

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