At least 9 people killed after a bus was swallowed by sinkhole


At least nine people have been killed after a bus carrying passengers on a stretch of busy street was swallowed by a sinkhole in the rush hour yesterday evening in a Chinese city.

Another 16 people were injured in the accident and were treated in hospitals in Xining, western China's Qinghai Province.

Officials said earlier today that they were still looking for the 10 people who remained missing. 

The collapse left an 80-square-metre (860-square-foot) pit in the street outside a hospital.

As of 10pm local time today - more than 27 hours after the accident took place - rescuers had found nine bodies and were verifying their identities. 

In a press conference this morning, the city's officials said more than 1,000 police and firefighting officers were involved in the rescue efforts, and more than 30 vehicles had been dispatched to the scene to assist the operation. 

Ten people remained missing and 16 injured victims were hospitalised and in stable condition, officials claimed.

The authority said it was investigating the cause of the accident.  

The accident took place at around 5:30pm local time in front of a bus stop on the South Avenue in the Chengzhong District, the Xining government said in a press conference. 

Footage released by Chinese media showed the bus plunging into the ground as the road underneath it suddenly gave way. 

It also captured a nearby utility post being brought down by the collapse and residents fleeing for their lives.


A separate clip purported to show the vehicle exploding in the sinkhole in front of screaming onlookers. 

A young boy was hailed as a hero in the country after he reportedly saved a few victims including a baby from being swallowed by the sinkhole - despite falling into the pit and getting injured himself.

His brave actions were captured by surveillance footage, which showed him squatting by the edge of the sinkhole, allegedly trying to retrieve a baby.

He was said to be rescued and given medical assistance. 

A GIF shared on social media by various media, shows the child, dressed in yellow, being brought to an ambulance.

The sinkhole opened up when the No. 17 bus was waiting for passengers to board. 

Eyewitnesses claimed to see passengers and passersby plunging into the cavity, but the government did not react to the allegations. 

Xining has a population of around 2.4 million and is the capital of Qinghai Province in western China. 

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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