A road tunnel has collapsed in Japan, trapping a number of vehicles, Japanese media reports say.
The incident happened at about 08:00 local time (23:00 GMT Saturday) in the Sasago tunnel, about 80km (50 miles) west of the capital Tokyo.
Public broadcaster NHK quoted its reporter as saying that black smoke was coming out of the tunnel and there appeared to be a fire inside.
Five people were feared trapped in the tunnel, later reports said.
The tunnel caved in on the Tokyo-bound lanes on the Chuo Expressway, in Yamanashi prefecture, reports say.
“We don’t know exactly how many vehicles are on fire,” a traffic police official told the AFP news agency.
there is a pic. here….
NHK has a report
A highway tunnel collapsed in central Japan on Sunday morning, involving passing vehicles and causing a fire inside the tunnel.
Police in Yamanashi Prefecture said the 4.3-kilometer Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway collapsed around 8 AM on Sunday.
Witnesses say at least 3 vehicles were involved in the disaster and that black smoke was spewing from within the tunnel.
Ride-through video of tunnel (pre-collapse)… it’s really long.. looks like it takes several minutes to drive through.
This is bad.