Car kills three in fall from 5th floor Japan garage: Media

TOKYO (AFP) - An SUV drove off the fifth floor of a parking garage in Japan on Saturday (Dec 31), killing three of its five passengers, local media reported.

The vehicle fell around 1pm local time (12pm Singapore) from the parking garage in Yokosuka city, south of Tokyo, according to media witnesses' accounts.

Television footage showed a metal fence guarding the fifth floor of the garage was cut, apparently falling to the ground with the silver vehicle.

"The noise was like thunder. The fence came down and the vehicle came down," a witness told national broadcaster NHK.

The accident killed a man in his 50s, a woman in her 40s and another woman in her 70s, while a man in his 20s and an 11-year-old boy suffered serious injuries, according to private Nippon Television.

They were passengers of the vehicle, Japanese media said.

Local police and rescue officials could not immediately comment on the case.