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8 killed as driver plows into pedestrians in Kyoto, Japan

Eight people died and nine more were hurt after a driver in the Japanese city of Kyoto plowed into pedestrians before smashing into a power pole, Mainichi Japan reported. Officials said the driver was among the dead. The incident occurred at lunchtime in an area crowded with tourists and cherry blossom viewers.

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Police officers inspect a minivan which crashed into a telephone pole after hitting a crowd of pedestrians in Japan's temple-spotted ancient capital of Kyoto, western Japan, on April 12, 2012.

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People's belongings are scattered after the incident.

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Medical personnel tend to the injured.