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Japan Confirms at Least 9 Dead From Tunnel Collapse, NHK Says

By Steven McPherson
December 02, 2012 4:20 PM EST
Rescue workers and police gather outside the Sasago tunnel along the Chuo highway near the city of Otsuki in Yamanashi prefecture, near Tokyo after sections of the concrete ceiling tumbled onto the roadway.
Photographer: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images
Rescue workers and police gather outside the Sasago tunnel along the Chuo highway near the city of Otsuki in Yamanashi prefecture, near Tokyo after sections of the concrete ceiling tumbled onto the roadway.

At least nine people from three vehicles have been confirmed dead after an expressway tunnel collapsed yesterday, NHK reported.

Sections of the 4-kilometer Sasago tunnel on the Chuo Expressway, about 85 kilometers (53 miles) west of Tokyo, collapsed on the vehicles, NHK reported yesterday.

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