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Japan Tunnel Collapses

A major road tunnel has collapsed in Japan, trapping a number of vehicles and leaving seven people missing, local media reports say.

Survivors described how large sections of concrete fell on top of cars in the Sasago tunnel.

Rescuers managed to reach the scene, but were unsure how many cars were buried there.

The incident happened at about 08:00 local time 23:00 GMT Saturday, about 80km 50 miles west of Tokyo.The tunnel – one of Japans longest – links the capital to the city of Nagoya.

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Japan: Five missing as tunnel collapses at oil refinery

Divers have begun searching for five missing workers in the dark and muddy waters of a collapsed tunnel at one of Japans biggest oil refineries.

Six people were in the partially constructed undersea tunnel at Kurashiki when it caved in, but one managed to get out, a spokesman for the city fire department said.

The survivor “said that sea water came gushing in” and flooded the tunnel, according to the spokesman.The man told police that he thought he heard a voice saying “Danger! Leave!” and climbed up a staircase to the surface.The accident happened at Mizushima Refinery, operated by JX Nippon Oil and Energy Corp, around 550 kilometres west of Tokyo.

Six police divers entered the vertical shaft of the tunnel where visibility was low because of debris, mud and oil.

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