In Pictures: Sasago Tunnel Collapse, 9 Dead

In this image made off video footage taped Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2012 by Yamanashi Prefectural Police and distributed Monday by Kyodo News, concrete ceiling panels collapse inside the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan. The structure fell onto moving vehicles deep inside the tunnel Sunday morning, and authorities confirmed nine deaths before suspending rescue work Monday while the roof was being reinforced to prevent more collapses. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

In this image made off video footage taped Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2012 by Yamanashi Prefectural Police and distributed Monday by Kyodo News, concrete ceiling panels collapse inside the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan. The structure fell onto moving vehicles deep inside the tunnel Sunday morning, and authorities confirmed nine deaths before suspending rescue work Monday while the roof was being reinforced to prevent more collapses. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

The concrete ceiling panels of Sasago Tunnel collapsed on Sunday morning. Authorities confirmed nine deaths while two were injured. They said that they were still investigating the cause of the incident.

A tow truck hauls the wreckage of a truck, which was crushed in Sunday's accident, out of the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, early Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Concrete ceiling panels fell onto moving vehicles deep inside the tunnel, and authorities confirmed nine deaths before suspending rescue work Monday while the roof was being reinforced to prevent more collapses. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

A tow truck hauls the wreckage of a truck, which was crushed in Sunday’s accident, out of the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, early Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Concrete ceiling panels fell onto moving vehicles deep inside the tunnel, and authorities confirmed nine deaths before suspending rescue work Monday while the roof was being reinforced to prevent more collapses. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

The roof of the tunnel were being reinforced to prevent more collapses. Two vehicles caught fire in the incident.

The burnt wreckage of a minivan, which was crushed and caught fire in Sunday's accident, is moved on a transporter out of the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, early Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Concrete ceiling panels fell onto moving vehicles deep inside the tunnel, and authorities confirmed nine deaths before suspending rescue work Monday while the roof was being reinforced to prevent more collapses. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

The burnt wreckage of a minivan, which was crushed and caught fire in Sunday’s accident, is moved on a transporter out of the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, early Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Concrete ceiling panels fell onto moving vehicles deep inside the tunnel, and authorities confirmed nine deaths before suspending rescue work Monday while the roof was being reinforced to prevent more collapses. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

The tragic incident caused heavy smoke which initially hindered rescue efforts. What more when the location of the accident is about 1.7 kilometers inside the 4.7-kilometer long tunnel.

Smoke billows out of the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, Sunday morning, Dec. 2, 2012. A part of the tunnel collapsed Sunday morning, possibly involving several vehicles and injuring several people, local media said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Smoke billows out of the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, Sunday morning, Dec. 2, 2012. A part of the tunnel collapsed Sunday morning, possibly involving several vehicles and injuring several people, local media said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

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