Snow kills 8 in Japan, including family in car

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11:25 AM March 4th, 2013

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March 4th, 2013 11:25 AM

Stranded vehicles are buried under snow along a road in Nakashibetsu, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Sunday, March 3, 2013. AP/Kyodo News

TOKYO – Heavy snow that fell on the main northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend has killed eight people, including a family whose car got buried.

Kyodo news service said Kazuyo Miyashita and her three children died at a hospital Saturday night of carbon-monoxide poisoning after their vehicle got buried in the snow. Her daughters were 17 and 14, and her son was 11.

Separately, 23-year-old Haruna Kitagawa froze to death after leaving her car, stuck in the snow.

Kyodo said a 53-year-old man died Sunday after getting buried in the snow, although his 9-year-old daughter found with him was recovering.

Two other men were found collapsed in the snow in another part of Hokkaido and were confirmed dead.

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