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December 12, 2017

Tunneling machine burns under Alps

BERLIN (AP) — A tunnel-boring machine apparently caught fire Monday deep inside a railway tunnel being built under the Austrian Alps, prompting 12 workers to take shelter, police said. The whereabouts of another three people weren't immediately clear.

The machine either caught fire or emitted smoke, and 12 workers are believed to have taken shelter in a safety container inside the tunnel, said Stefan Eder, a spokesman for police in Tyrol province.

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