NAMWON -- The number of fatalities in a multiple-vehicle collision on an expressway that occurred in the country's southwestern region has increased by one, bringing the total number of deaths to four, rescue officials said Tuesday.
Rescue officials said they found the victim at around 1:10 a.m. in one of the cars near a tank truck that was carrying nitric acid in a tunnel on a highway connecting Suncheon and Wanju in North Jeolla Province.
The accident occurred Monday afternoon when the tank truck reportedly ran into a small pile of cars involved in an earlier accident inside the tunnel.
Around a dozen other vehicles ran into the truck, which had spilled its load and caught fire, according to police and rescue officials.
In addition to the four who died from the fatal pileup, 43 were known to be injured as of 6 a.m.
The exact cause of the accident has yet to be identified, but the officials note the truck and the other cars may have skidded on snow or ice patches on the road as the entire nation was under a snow warning or alert.
Rescue official plans to resume investigation and further search the site later in the day. (Yonhap)