Japan police sight several charred bodies in tunnel

Posted at 12/02/12 3:14 PM

KOSHU, Japan - Police in Japan have seen several charred bodies in a car inside a highway tunnel that collapsed on Sunday, a spokesman told AFP.

"A number of charred bodies were confirmed inside" a vehicle, said the spokesman for Yamanashi Prefectural Police. "The number of dead is not known."

The discovery was reported as police officers, a local professor and highway engineers surveyed the extent of the collapse inside the tunnel, a fire service spokesman said.

The search-and-rescue operation remained suspended because of the risk of another collapse, he added.