Japanese Tunnel Collapse Traps Cars

    Rescue workers and police gather outside the Sasago tunnel along the Chuo highway near the city of Otsuki in Yamanashi prefecture, 80 kms west of Tokyo on December 2, 2012 after part of the tunnel collapsed. Japanese rescuers found several charred bodies in the highway tunnel that collapsed early in the day, crushing cars and triggering a blaze, and sparking fears of another cave-in.         AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO        (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP / Getty Images

    Cars are trapped and at least seven people are unaccounted for after a tunnel collapse in Japan, according to media reports. Police reported seeing charred bodies in the Sasago tunnel, one of the country’s longest, after a fire broke out. Thick smoke and the fear of a second collapse delayed rescue efforts for several hours after the initial collapse late Saturday night. The number of people dead, after what CCTV showed to be a 328-foot section of concrete caved in, was not yet known Sunday morning, a Yamanashi police spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

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