The number of people killed in central Japan’s highway tunnel collapse on Sunday climbed to nine people, Kyodo news agency reported on Monday.
The 4 km (2.5 mile) Sasago tunnel on the Chuo Expressway, located some 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Tokyo, collapsed at around 8 a.m. on Sunday trapping three cars and starting a fire.
After large concrete ceiling panels fell onto the road rescuers recovered three burned bodies from one of the smashed cars.
The fire was extinguished some three hours after the accident and as rescuers proceeded with the relief operation six more bodies were discovered in the debris of the collapsed tunnel.
According to Kyodo, in a vehicle that believed to be carrying six people rescuers discovered five bodies, while a 28-year-old woman from the same vehicle survived and was taken to a hospital.