Part of Osaka-Wakayama tunnel wall collapses

OSAKA —

Part of a concrete wall inside a tunnel connecting Osaka and Wakayama Prefectures collapsed on Thursday, police said.

Police say that at around noon, a slab of concrete measuring 90 cm wide, 40 cm tall and 10 cm thick fell from a height of around 5 meters above the ground. The slab landed on the side of the lane and broke into pieces.

TV Asahi reported that nobody was injured in the incident, which took place on National Highway Route 371. A spokesperson said that inspections had been carried out of the roof of the tunnel prior to the incident, but not on the walls.

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    smithinjapan

    Once again, shoddy building, and shoddy inspections. Fortunately this time no one was hurt or killed.

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    Elbuda Mexicano

    Some lucky Kansai folk! Not like those poor folk who died out in Yamanashi in the Sasago tunnel!

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    kiyoshiMukai

    This is news only because of sasago tunnel. Things like this always happen. Everywhere

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    nandakandamanda

    A chunk of concrete broke away from the tunnel wall. No 'collapse' here.

    "Part of tunnel wall breaks off", maybe.

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    basroil

    kiyoshiMukaiJan. 06, 2013 - 12:28AM JST

    This is news only because of sasago tunnel. Things like this always happen. Everywhere

    Doesn't make it any less dangerous. People always are forgetting the simple dangers in everyday life that make one time events negligible in statistics regardless of the (lack of) news coverage.

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