Monday, December 3, 2012

Japan orders country-wide tunnel inspections after Sasago Tunnel disaster

Japan has ordered immediate inspection of all tunnels across the country after nine people were killed when concrete ceiling slabs fell from the roof of Sasago highway tunnel onto moving vehicles.

Those killed in Sunday's accident were traveling in three vehicles in the 4.7-kilometer-long Sasago Tunnel about 80 kilometers west of Tokyo. The tunnel, on a highway that links the capital to central Japan, opened in 1977 and is one of many in the mountainous country.


The Japanese transport ministry ordered that inspections be carried out immediately on 49 other tunnels around the country that are either on highways or roads managed by the central government and of similar construction.

Read more about it at: CTV News
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