At least six people have been killed and another 16 injured after a massive sinkhole opened up and swallowed a bus and pedestrians in China.
Pictures of the road collapse outside a hospital in the city of Xining, in Qinghai province, showed the vehicle almost entirely underground near a bus stop.
Footage posted on social media showed the vehicle gradually sinking into the hole – jutting into the air – as people scrambled for safety.
Image: At least six people were killed in the incident, which left four people missing
As it tipped into the chasm, there was an explosion inside the hole, the video showed.
More than 1,000 emergency workers attended the scene at about 5.30pm on Monday.
Rescuers searched for four missing people, while the injured were taken to hospital for treatment.
Huge crowds gathered to watch a crane eventually raise the bus from the sinkhole.
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The cause of the incident is being investigated, the state-run broadcaster CCTV said.
Image: More than 100 emergency workers attended the scene
Sinkholes are not uncommon in China.
In 2016, at least three people fell into a huge sinkhole in central Henan province, which swallowed a section of road and passersby.
And in 2013, five people died when a 10m (33ft) wide sinkhole opened up at the gates of an industrial estate in Shenzhen.
Source : Sky News