AIROLO, Switzerland (AP) -- Rescuers started recovering bodies Thursday from a Swiss highway tunnel transformed into an inferno by a truck collision and fire. Ten people were confirmed dead, and it was feared the toll would rise.
The fire continued to burn Thursday, one day after the collision, and temperatures of 1,800 degrees caused part of the Gotthard Tunnel to collapse.
Authorities said about 80 people had been reported missing by family and friends -- down from 200 Wednesday.
Gotthard Tunnel is the second longest road tunnel in the world and one of Europe's most important North-South road routes. There was no indication how long it would stay closed.
The Gotthard accident renewed questions about the safety of Europe's Alpine road tunnels. In March 1999, a fire in the Mont Blanc tunnel between France and Italy killed 39 people. Two months later, 12 people died in the Tauern Tunnel near Salzburg, Austria, after a truck plowed into the back of a car, setting off a chain of explosions.
Firefighters made three attempts overnight to put out the Gotthard fire but were driven back by the heat.
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