A huge hole suddenly formed on a road to a major city in China, engulfing a bus full of passengers, official media reported on Tuesday (January 14th), reporting six dead and ten missing. The asphalt on a busy street in northwest China's Qinghai provincial capital Xining broke up at around 5.30 p.m. local time Monday, half swallowing the vehicle and causing an explosion, public television CCTV reported.
A video published by the China News Service news agency shows panic-stricken passers-by deviating from the cavity that formed in front of a bus stop, and the bus practically vertical in the hole.
Sixteen injured in "stable condition"
Rescue operations continue and an investigation is underway to determine the origin of the accident, CCTV said, adding that sixteen injured people were "In stable condition".
Photos released by the official China news agency show the rescue operation, with backhoes in action and a construction crane extracting the bus from the hole, which formed in front of a hospital.
This is not the first such incident in China. In 2016, several passers-by fell into a hole that suddenly opened in a street in the city of Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province. An investigation by firefighters had shown that this collapse could have been caused by pipes buried under the road, and which would have yielded under the pressure of rainwater.
In 2013, five people died when a ten-meter deep cavity suddenly opened at the gates of an industrial district in Shenzhen, in the south of the country.