Nine bodies were pulled from the wreckage of a tunnel near Tokyo after the ceiling collapsed, trapping motorists in their cars and starting a fire, reports CNN.
Five of the victims were from a single station wagon that was crushed by the collapse, according to CNN. Three others were pulled from their burning car and another victim was found in a truck.
Firefighters extinguished the flames approximately three hours after the initial collapse, reports MSNBC. Crews worked through the night to move debris and rescue victims.
The Susago Tunnel, which is a part of the Chuo highway that connects western Japan and Tokyo, collapsed Sunday, reports the New York Times.
Officials say it is unclear why the 150 to 200 foot section of the tunnel collapsed, according to the New York Times. They have also not announced how many more victims may be trapped inside.