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Japanese police raid tunnel operator following collapse

  • Police in Japan have raided the offices of the company responsible for operating the Sasago tunnel following its collapse on Sunday.

    Local television news channels showed police entering the main office of Central Nippon Expressway (Nexco) in Nagoya City on Tuesday.

    A probe has been launched to look into the collapse of 270 concrete slabs, each weighing 1.4 tons that started a fire in the tunnel, 50 miles from Tokyo. Nine people were killed and dozens others injured.

    In the wake of the accident, Japan has also ordered emergency inspections of other road tunnels.

    According to Japanese media reports, the company that owns Sasago had relied on basic visual inspections there, with no repairs carried out since its construction in 1977.