Concrete ceiling panels collapsed inside the Sasago Tunnel
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Nine confirmed dead in Japan Sasago tunnel collapse

At least nine people are now known to have died after a major tunnel collapsed in Japan, officials say.

The bodies were found in three vehicles that were crushed by fallen concrete panels in the Sasago tunnel, about 80km (50 miles) west of the capital Tokyo.

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield Hayes says emergency inspections of other parts of the tunnel - and of other tunnels around Japan - are now taking place.

  • 03 Dec 2012
  • From the section Asia