Japan tunnel collapse traps cars

  • A major road tunnel collapsed in Japan this morning, trapping a number of vehicles and leaving at least seven people missing.

    Survivors have described how sections of concrete fell on top of cars in the Sasago tunnel as a fire broke out. According to rescuers, a number of charred bodies had been seen.

    The incident took place at 8 am local time some 50 miles) west of Tokyo on a road that connects it to the city of Nagoya.

    Pictures from closed circuit TV cameras inside the tunnel show a section of up to 328ft that had caved in.

    The rescue was suspended for several hours as a further collapse was feared.

    After it resumed, several charred bodies were discovered. The number of dead is not yet known.

    It is not clear what caused the tunnel to collapse.