Seven missing after Japan tunnel collapse starts fire

By REUTERS
December 2, 2012 07:14

 
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TOKYO - A tunnel on a heavily traveled highway in central Japan collapsed on Sunday, sending debris crashing down on cars, triggering a fire and leaving seven people missing, officials and media reported.

Network television footage showed black smoke billowing from the 4.7 km (2.8-mile) tunnel in Yamanashi prefecture, about 80 km (50 miles) west of Tokyo on the main road connecting the capital to western Japan.

Seven people were believed to be missing and two were injured, the fire service said. At least two cars were thought to be trapped.

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