Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL
Anchor Candice Aviles


Part of a major highway tunnel near Tokyo collapsed Sunday morning, trapping many motorists. Here’s euronews with the details.

“At least 7 people are missing and several cars remained trapped after parts of a major road tunnel collapsed in central Japan. Two people were injured when the roof caved in...”

The New York Times reports almost 200 feet of the Sasago Tunnel collapsed. The national government’s disaster management agency says it is still unclear why the section suddenly fell. Currently, rescue efforts have been suspended in fear of another collapse.

According to NHK, many people escaped the collapse by walking out of the tunnel. Motorists abandoned their cars as debris continued to fall. One driver said the long walk to the end of the tunnel was very dark.

“The ceiling has collapsed so I cannot tell if it is dust rising or smoke caused by fire. I wasn’t able to see the way forward from the collapsed site.”

A reporter for the BBC says this is one of the longest tunnels in Japan, and is a major transport artery through the center of the country. These tunnels are fairly common in the mountainous areas of Japan. But this incident raises questions about their safety.

“Because this is a country that is prone to earthquakes, all sorts of measures have been taken to make sure this type of infrastructure is safe...  There will be questions asked about why such a major tunnel was able to collapse like this.”

The BBC says the highway has been closed to traffic and this is expected to cause major delays as many drivers return to Tokyo Sunday afternoon.

 

Tunnel Collapse Near Tokyo Leaves Many Trapped

by Nichole Cartmell
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Dec 2, 2012

Tunnel Collapse Near Tokyo Leaves Many Trapped

 

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL
Anchor Candice Aviles


Part of a major highway tunnel near Tokyo collapsed Sunday morning, trapping many motorists. Here’s euronews with the details.

“At least 7 people are missing and several cars remained trapped after parts of a major road tunnel collapsed in central Japan. Two people were injured when the roof caved in...”

The New York Times reports almost 200 feet of the Sasago Tunnel collapsed. The national government’s disaster management agency says it is still unclear why the section suddenly fell. Currently, rescue efforts have been suspended in fear of another collapse.

According to NHK, many people escaped the collapse by walking out of the tunnel. Motorists abandoned their cars as debris continued to fall. One driver said the long walk to the end of the tunnel was very dark.

“The ceiling has collapsed so I cannot tell if it is dust rising or smoke caused by fire. I wasn’t able to see the way forward from the collapsed site.”

A reporter for the BBC says this is one of the longest tunnels in Japan, and is a major transport artery through the center of the country. These tunnels are fairly common in the mountainous areas of Japan. But this incident raises questions about their safety.

“Because this is a country that is prone to earthquakes, all sorts of measures have been taken to make sure this type of infrastructure is safe...  There will be questions asked about why such a major tunnel was able to collapse like this.”

The BBC says the highway has been closed to traffic and this is expected to cause major delays as many drivers return to Tokyo Sunday afternoon.

 

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