Caught on camera: Massive sinkhole swallows bus in China

Caught on camera: Massive sinkhole swallows bus in China
PHOTO: Sina Weibo

Whoa, this has to be seen to be believed.

A bus plummeted into a massive sinkhole in China yesterday (Mar 10).

The Shanghaiist reports that the bus, which was carrying the driver and two passengers, had been pulling into a bus station in Guiyang, a province in China, when it was - quite literally - swallowed by the crater-sized sinkhole.

The entire incident was caught on closed circuit television at the bus depot.  

In the video, the bus can be seen see-sawing for a second before tipping over into the abyss.

The people in the bus were reportedly trapped for 40 minutes before they were rescued.

The passengers suffered minor injuries, while the driver was taken to a local hospital for a head injury.

The bus was hauled from the sinkhole four hours later.

This incident is similar to an incident in China that occured in August last year where five people plummeted into a sinkhole at a bus stop.

Security footage shows that the ground beneath their feet caved in. The victims managed to climb out of the sinkhole with the help of passers-by. 

Four were sent to the hospital for minor injuries. 

prabukm@sph.com.sg

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