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Tunnel Collapse: Japan

Vehicles were passing through a three-mile long traffic tunnel when the ceiling began to cave in.
1:10 | 12/02/12

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This disaster in japan, cars were passes through a three-mile-long tunnel when the ceiling began to cave in, trapping drivers inside. Tonight, they are searching through the tunnel. Reporter: Grainy surveillance video inside the tunnel show the frantic efforts to save those trapped. Japanese police say these large concrete ceiling panels, as many as 150, came crashing down sparking a fire on this major highway connecting tokyo to central japan. Witnesses describe a scene of chaos as people ran to safety. Flames and smoke billowing through the three mile long tunnel. One truck driver, trapped under the rubble, called for help, but there was so much smoke, firefighters had to halt rescue efforts, fearing another collapse. Late sunday, rescue crews pulled the charred remains of several bodies, including the truck driver. Investigators are looking into what caused the panels to collapse, but say the tunnel had just passed a routine inspection atika fujita, abc news, tokyo.

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