Japan Tunnel Collapse Death Toll Hits 9

Government orders emergency inspections

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 3, 2012 2:25 AM CST

(Newser) – Authorities in Japan have confirmed nine deaths so far in yesterday's terrifying collapse of a major road tunnel. The bodies were found in three vehicles that had been crushed by falling concrete panels in the 2.7-mile Sasago tunnel, the BBC reports. The search for bodies has been suspended while work is carried out to ensure the remaining panels stay up. The Japanese government has ordered emergency inspections of all tunnels of similar design in the country.

This image from a monitoring camera shows the fallen roof panels in the Sasago Tunnel.
This image from a monitoring camera shows the fallen roof panels in the Sasago Tunnel.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Concrete ceiling panels collapsed inside the Sasago Tunnel in central Japan.
Concrete ceiling panels collapsed inside the Sasago Tunnel in central Japan.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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