Giant sinkhole swallows truck in Chinese capital

Metro work in Beijing blamed for huge roadside sinkhole on Monday

An official investigation into the cause of the subterranean collapse is underway.
An official investigation into the cause of the subterranean collapse is underway.

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A truck driver and his passenger made a lucky escape after an enormous sinkhole opened up under their truck in the Fengtai district of Beijing on Monday.

The pair managed to jump free of the vehicle as a section of the road collapsed beneath a truck, before it sank into the hole. The men suffered minor injuries.

Officials have yet to determine what cause the sinkhole to develop but it has been reported that it is above a tunnel being dug for subway Line 10 construction.

Wei Jinglian, a senior engineer from the Beijing Institute of Geology, said it was too soon to blame the sinkhole on subway construction.

“It could have resulted from multiple causes: Water leakage from old pipes underground may have softened the soil, or there has been too much pressure frequently on the same section of road,” she said. “A hole 20 meters deep above a subway tunnel – that’s awfully rare in Beijing.”

Engineers at the site who said they are from BDG were conducting measurements to check for further land subsidence around the hole on Tuesday.

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