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Family tells of escape from burning collapsed Japanese tunnel

Published on Dec 2, 2012 6:05 PM
 

OTSUKI, Japan (AFP) - A man who fled with his wife and children from a collapsed Japanese tunnel in which at least five people died spoke on Sunday of how he had been unable to get anyone out of a crushed and burning vehicle.

Tomohiro Suzuki said the nearly 5km-long tunnel, passing through hills near Mount Fuji, had been the scene of confusion as cars drove the wrong way to try to escape the cave-in and ensuing fire.

At least five people are known to have died after being trapped inside their burning vehicle on one of Japan's most important highways. Officials had said at least seven people were missing.

Other vehicles were believed to have been buried when the 20cm-thick concrete roof panels caved in on the Tokyo-bound side of the Sasago tunnel, around 80km from the capital.

 
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