3 people killed in 7-vehicle pileup on Metropolitan Expressway near Tokyo

Police in Japan say three people have died in a pileup involving seven vehicles that left multiple cars ablaze on the Metropolitan Expressway just outside Tokyo.

The road operator alerted police on Tuesday morning about the burning vehicles on the outbound lanes of Route 5 Ikebukuro Line in Toda City, Saitama Prefecture.

Three people who were trapped in the fire have been confirmed dead. A person in a truck was sent to hospital with minor injuries.

Police say at least three passenger cars caught fire in the accident, which also involved four trucks.

Investigators believe a truck crashed into bumper-to-bumper traffic, causing a series of rear-end collisions.