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Deathtoll rises in Japan tunnel disaster

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TOKYO -- Rescuers have found three crushed bodies in a collapsed tunnel on a major Japanese highway on Monday, taking the death toll to nine, as questions mounted about whether decaying ceiling supports caused the disaster. 

The scene outside the Sasago tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Otsuki on December 3, the morning after part of the tunnel collapsed, crushing cars and triggering a blaze inside. Rescuers have found three crushed bodies, taking the death toll to nine.

At least three vehicles were buried on Sunday when concrete ceiling panels crashed down inside the nearly five-kilometre (three-mile) tunnel, which passes through hills near Mount Fuji 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of Tokyo.

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