Although technically a bridge failure, I think it’s worthy of note. The media in China is describing it as a sinkhole. Thanks again, for an excellent Chinese sinkhole v vehicle item…
The bridge collapsed in the early hours of Sunday morning, injuring two men who were inside the lorry were injured when the road collapsed beneath their vehicle, causing them to plunge into the river below.
The hole in the bridge measured approximately 50 by 15 feet and developed in a section of the bridge that was built as an extension in 1995.
Local media reported that authorities suspect the lorry, which was carrying steel pipes, was overloaded.
However, the dramatic hole in the bridge across the Yitong River in Changchun city, the capital of Jilin province, is not the only such incident of a road structure failure in China in recent months.
Authorities in Jilin province said they would investigate the cause of the hole.
Earlier in May, another lorry fell through a giant sinkhole that opened up in a Beijing Street, with reports that it could be due to construction work for a subway system.
And in February three people were injured when a motorway viaduct collapsed in Shangyu, Zhejiang Province.
The Foreign Office warns the “poor quality of roads and generally low driving standards” make road travel in China particularly dangerous.