BEIJING (AFP) – An enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and pedestrians in northwest China, sparking an explosion, killing six people and leaving four more missing, state media said yesterday.
Footage showed people at a bus stop running from the collapsing road as the vehicle – jutting into the air – sank into the ground.
Several people disappeared into the sinkhole as it spread, including what appeared to be a child. The incident also triggered an explosion inside the hole, video showed.
Sinkholes are not unknown in China, where they are often blamed on construction works and the country’s rapid pace of development.
The incident occurred at around 5.30pm on Monday in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, the state-run broadcaster CCTV said.
A search and rescue operation involving more than 1,000 people and 30 vehicles was underway, according to the official Xinhua news agency. An investigation into the cause has been opened.