Monday, 22. December 2014
02. 09. 14. - 16:00
Two people driving in this Chinese pick-up truck amazingly survived after it was almost flattened when a huge chunk of mountain sheared away above a motorway in Cangxi County in south-western China’s Sichuan province and landed on top of them.
Firemen who arrived at the scene after getting a call from other motorists said they expected the two people driving in the cab of the pick-up truck to be dead, and were amazed to find that they were both still alive and able to speak.
Fireman Jian Hou said: "The motorway is pretty busy so it was surprising that only one vehicle ended up being hit and even more amazing that, despite the destruction of their vehicle, we manage to pull both of them out alive."
Although medics described the injuries of the pair as serious they said that both were expected to survive.
The entire road was sealed off during the rescue process and Hou added: "Both had head injuries after the rocks hit the roof of the car and they had to be cut out with hydraulic tools. The landslide happened because of the huge rainfall that we had over the last few days which simply loosened rock and soil at the side of the road."
He said that local officials had actually recently fortified the region with bamboo supports but it had not been enough to stop the landslide.
The road is still partially closed while geological experts examine if there is a risk of further landslides and what action needs to happen in order to prevent a repeat incident.
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