Fire in expressway tunnel leaves 22 people with smoke inhalation

A freight truck caught fire in an expressway tunnel in southeastern South Korea on Friday, sending at least 22 people to hospital with smoke inhalation, fire officials said.

Firetrucks are in front of the Beomseo Tunnel on the expressway linking the southeastern cities of Ulsan and Pohang after a fire broke out in the unnel on June 22. Photo courtesy of the Ulsan fire department. (Yonhap)

Firetrucks are in front of the Beomseo Tunnel on the expressway linking the southeastern cities of Ulsan and Pohang after a fire broke out in the unnel on June 22. Photo courtesy of the Ulsan fire department. (Yonhap)

None of them were in serious condition, and rescue workers were still searching the Beomseo Tunnel on the expressway linking the southeastern cities of Ulsan and Pohang for people possibly trapped inside, officials said.

The fire began around 12:27 p.m. and was put out about an hour later, officials said. Source from the Yonhap.

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