Mon, September 03, 2012
China > Mainland

Road cave-in kills 1 in central China province

2012-09-03 09:39:46 GMT2012-09-03 17:39:46(Beijing Time)

Cave-in has caused a huge pit under a bridge in Zhengzhou, Henan province. Weibo photo

A man is being carried out by rescuers from the pit in Zhengzhou, Henan province. Weibo photo

Rescuers are seen racing against time to save a man who fell into the pit. Weibo photo

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

A section of the No.107 National Road collapsed at around 8:00 Monday morning after an overnight torrential rain in Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan province. The cave-in caused a pit of 500 square meters under the Xiaoliu Bridge.

According to local media reports, a man was trapped after he accidentally fell into the 7-meter deep pit. He was already dead when rescuers pulled him out after a 5-hour operation.

A spate of road collapses, some fatal, in China has triggered "road fears" as well as concern over shoddy construction and poor supervision.

Road cave-ins have recurred since July, when rain season started spelling water logging for a large number of Chinese cities, also testing the urban infrastructure.



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