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Giant Sinkhole Swallows an Entire Bus and Dozens of People in China

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Chinese rescuers watching as a bus is lifted out after a road collapse in Xining in China's northwestern Qinghai province on 13 January, 2020.

Six people were killed, 15 were injured and another 10 people were listed as missing, state media reported.

An investigation into the cause has been opened.

Additional footage obtained by The New York Times shows how the bus slowly sunk into the hole until it eventually stood entirely vertical.

16 people were also taken for treatment inside the hospital near which the accident had occurred.

Recordings that appear to have been taken by surveillance cameras showed that the truck settled in the hole while people nearby were moving for security reasons.

The collapse of the road was captured on closed-circuit television, as the ground also gave way underneath pedestrians trying to help the bus passengers.

In December, three people fell into a giant sinkhole in Guangzhou City when the road suddenly collapsed near a construction site.

While somewhat uncommon, sinkholes crop up from time to time in China, with one very big 60-meter hole opening up in Guyuan city last September to devour a taxi cab whole.

Authorities have said that the sinkhole was at least 32 feet in diameter, with an area of about 860 square feet.

Passerby Sun Wanhong, a retired armed police officer, was among the group of people who tried to help the woman out of the sinkhole, but ended up falling in themselves after the road caved in again.

The hilly city of Xining is the capital of Qinghai province, one of China's poorest regions, sitting atop the Tibetan Plateau.

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