Search for missing people after the bus crashed into a sinkhole

Clay Curtis
January 14, 2020

The collapse took place in a busy main street in the center of Xining, the provincial capital and largest city in the far northwestern province of Qinghai.

Footage showed people at a bus stop running from the collapsing road, as the bus - jutting into the air - sank halfway into the ground.

The incident, outside a hospital, also triggered an explosion inside the hole, video showed.

Some 1,000 emergency workers and 30 vehicles were sent to the site and investigation work is being carried out.

While somewhat uncommon, sinkholes crop up from time to time in China, with one very big 60-meter hole opening up in Guyuan city last September to devour a taxi cab whole.

An enormous sinkhole swallowed passers-by and a public bus in China, reported state media on January 14, injuring fifteen people while another ten are still missing.

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Government officials estimated that the sinkhole covers an area of about 80 square meters (860 square feet). But the incident has drawn outrage online, with many questioning why sinkholes keep appearing in Chinese cities.

In July past year, a woman died after she and her husband were swallowed by a sinkhole in a road in Tangshan, Hebei province.

Authorities were still investigating the cause of the accident and the victims have not yet been identified, Xinhua said.

A rescue operation is underway for those who are still missing.

In 2013, a similar incident killed five people at an industrial estate in Shenzhen.

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