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Sinkhole Swallows Up Lorry In China

Sinkhole Swallows Up Lorry In China

This trucker got into a hole lot of trouble when the ground suddenly swallowed him up as he was driving in southern China.

Lorry driver Long Kang, 42, was driving to a building site in Wuzhou, a city in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, when a giant sinkhole opened up underneath him.

The 20 foot deep hole engulfed almost the whole vehicle without warning as astonished passers-by looked on.

"One minute I was just driving, the next the lorry was sinking and sinking. I thought it would never stop. I reckon I'm lucky to be alive still," Long told police.

He was rescued when police called in a fleet of tow trucks to haul the stricken lorry to safety.

Officials believe an underground stream washed away the earth under the roadway leaving just the tarmac intact.

"It has been going on for months without anyone knowing. We think an underground watercourse had been diverted, or maybe there was a burst water pipe, eroding the sub-soil. It was only a matter of time before the entire road fell through," said city official Wen Ch'eng, who added it was fortunate that no-one was hurt.

He said: "The lorry was carrying a very heavy load of steel pipes, and was going slowly, which caused the ground to give way over the hole. It could have been worse if the erosion had been allowed to go on for another week."

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