A huge sink has swallowed a bus and pedestrians in China, killing six people and leaving 10 missing.
The images in the state media showed people at a bus stop fleeing the collapsing road, while the bus – protruding in the air – was sinking.
Several people disappeared as the sump extended, including what appeared to be a child. Sixteen people were taken to the hospital.
The incident, outside a hospital, also triggered an explosion inside the hole, the video showed.
Search and rescue work was underway and the cause of the accident was under investigation, the state-run CCTV broadcaster said.
The incident occurred at 5.30 pm Monday in Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province, CCTV said.
Sinks are not uncommon in China and are often attributed to construction sites and the country’s rapid pace of development.
In 2016, at least three people fell into a large sink in the central province of Henan, which swallowed a section of the road and passersby.
An initial investigation showed that the collapse could have been caused by water pipes under the road that broke due to the rain.
In 2013, five people died when a 10-meter wide sump opened at the doors of an industrial estate in Shenzhen.