Sinkhole swallows bus triggering explosion killing at least 6

At least six people have been killed and another 16 injured after a huge sinkhole opened up and swallowed a bus in China.

Emergency teams frantically searched for survivors after the freak incident happened in Xining, central China.

The bus plunged into the sinkhole just as passengers were boarding the vehicle at about 5.30pm on Monday (9.30am GMT).

Footage captured showed the bus pulling in during rush hour before the vehicle plunged several feet as the road opened up.

People who raced to rescue the people trapped in the pit also fell inside after the sinkhole opened up suddenly.

Shocked bystanders then filmed the unfolding event on their phones before a sudden explosion came from the pit sending smoke into the air.

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China’s state-run broadcaster CCTV said the sinkhole stretched some 32 feet wide.

It is not clear how many people were on board the bus when it fell into the sinkhole.

Authorities have since launched an investigation into the incident.

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They have not yet explained what caused the road to open up and whether there is still a risk of more sinkholes opening up.

Xining officials said the city’s Communist Party Secretary arrived immediately to offer support in the aftermath of the deadly plunge.

Sinkholes often happen in China, where poor construction has been blamed for major infrastructure failures.

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In 2018, four people died after a sinkhole opened up in a busy pavement in Dazhou, south-west China.

Five years earlier, a dozen people were killed when a collapse happened at an industrial estate in Shenzhen.

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