Driver has lucky escape after sinkhole swallows up car on busy China motorway
A motorist had a lucky escape after his car was swallowed by a sinkhole as he travelled along a busy motorway.
The vehicle was trapped, with its front wheels sunk into the chasm, when the gap, measuring about 13ft-wide, suddenly appeared.
The sinkhole – which is the eighth discovered in China in the past two weeks – happened in Nanchang City, capital Jiangxi Province.
More than 35 have been found since April.
It comes after a factory and an entire intersection were gulped down by a 100ft deep and 66ft wide sinkhole following a tropical storm in Guatemala last month.
In China, 600 villagers were evacuated after four huge voids opened up in Guangxi Province.
Three smaller holes were discovered in May in southwestern Sichuan Province, less than 80 miles from the earthquake in 2008 in which 80,000 people died.
In another incident, a truck overturned and its driver was injured after a hole appeared in the middle of a motorway in Zheijiang Province on the nation’s eastern coast.
The sinkhole measured 20ft deep and 27ft wide.
A spokesman for the freeway management office said experts on site suspected that the sudden collapse of an underground karst cave created by eroded limestone caused the sinkhole, but the investigation is ongoing.
In Yibin City, about 260 miles from the earthquake’s epicentre, 26 larger sinkholes have formed in the past two months.