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  • A damaged truck is towed away from the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway, after being trapped in a collapsed tunnel the previous day, in Koshu, Yamanashi prefecture, in this photo distributed by Kyodo, December 3, 2012.
  • A surveillance monitor showing a car and rescue team in the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Yamanashi prefecture, is pictured at a branch office of Central Nippon Expressway Company in Hachioji in this photo taken by Kyodo, December 2, 2012.
  • Police officers and firefighters gather in front of the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Otsuki, Yamanashi prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 2, 2012.
  • Broken concrete ceiling panels are seen after collapsing inside Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Yamanashi Prefecture, in this handout still image taken from video by Yamanashi Prefectural Police, December 2, 2012.
  • Smoke is seen from the Sasago Tunnel (top) on the Chuo Expressway as police officers gather in Koshu, Yamanashi prefecture, in this Kyodo handout photo, December 2, 2012.

Japanese Tunnel Collapses

Published December 03, 2012

Japan has ordered emergency inspections of highway tunnels across the country after concrete slabs from the ceiling of a tunnel fell onto moving vehicles Sunday, killing at least nine people.