Five dead, dozens injured in South Korea tunnel fire

South Korea Fire
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire on a highway in Gwacheon, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. A freight truck collided with a bus on a highway near Seoul on Thursday, causing a fire that killed multiple people and injuring dozens of others, officials said. (Kim Jong-taik/Newsis via AP) AP

Five dead, dozens injured in South Korea tunnel fire

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Five people are dead and dozens of others are injured after a fire burned in a tunnel near the South Korean capital Thursday.

Journalist Jaehwan Cho said the fire erupted at the second Gyeongin Highway soundproof tunnel in Gwacheon, South Korea. A local news outlet reported that 37 people were injured in the fire and up to 44 vehicles were destroyed.

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Raphael Rashid, a self-identified Seoul-based freelance journalist, reposted a video of the massive fire, writing, “Initial findings showed the fire started after a bus and a truck collided. It quickly spread to the tunnel, causing massive clouds of smoke.”

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Gwacheon is just south of Seoul.

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