Sunday, December 2, 2012

Japan tunnel collapse

Oh dear! I just read about the tunnel collapse in Japan.

The Star reported that:

At least seven people were trapped inside a highway tunnel in Japan after it collapsed on Sunday, setting a car ablaze and raising fears of another cave-in that forced a halt to rescue efforts.

Two vehicles were crushed in the original collapse and one other was set ablaze when large concrete ceiling panels fell in inside one of Japan's longest motorway tunnels at nearly five kilometres long.

A comprehensive rescue effort was launched but more than five hours after the incident, workers pulled out of the tunnel because of concerns that more of the roof might collapse, a fire official told AFP.

The cave-in happened on Tokyo-bound lanes of the Sasago tunnel on the Chuo Expressway, 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of the capital, at around 8:00 am (2300 GMT Saturday), an official at the expressway traffic police said.

More..The Star..Seven trapped in fiery Japan tunnel collapse


  1. I was shocked when I heard about this: I've travelled through that tunnel more than once.

    It's highly unusual - Japan's transport network is brilliant - but I guess it proves yet again that we risk our lives each time we hit the road ...

  2. Oh dear your posting about bad things happening in lunar 10th month???

  3. Anonymous3:21 PM

    Shocking! I thought Japanese all work perfect one, no play-play. Looks like they are slacking these days, more and more of such things cropping up. I guess it's the same everywhere - the younger generation - attitude not the same as those in the old days. Real sad!!!

  4. This is really bad! have they discovered what caused the tunnel to collapse?