Ground Collapses Sweep China, Cars Successively Plunge Into Pits, Tofu-Dreg Roads Erupt in Crisis

Ground Collapses Sweep China, Cars Successively Plunge Into Pits, Tofu-Dreg Roads Erupt in Crisis

Ground Collapses Sweep China, Cars Successively Plunge Into Pits, Tofu-Dreg Roads Erupt in Crisis

On October 6 at 1:33 PM, a freight truck fully loaded with bricks suddenly plummeted into a sinkhole while traveling on a highway in Sunji Town in Yuncheng City, Shanxi Province. Fortunately, the driver remained unharmed. Local authorities are currently investigating the cause of the road collapse. 
On October 15, a car was reported to be half-submerged after the road surface gave way on Shuangjiang Road in Shanghai's Pudong district. Witnesses described the sunken section as having standing water, with the car's left rear wheel submerged, leaving the vehicle at a tilt. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
Such roadway collapses are not isolated incidents in China, raising concerns about the country's basic infrastructure. Yet, there hasn't been any official release of statistical data regarding these accidents. Researchers, including Guo Linfei from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, have conducted an analysis of road collapses in China from 2014 to 2018. Their study found that during this period, China witnessed as many as 2,322 such incidents. The consequences were grave, with 39 fatalities, 137 injuries, and damages to 604 vehicles. The number of incidents displayed an increasing trend annually. The study identified the primary causes of these collapses: 50% due to pipeline leaks, 25% attributed to heavy rainfall, 14% from ongoing construction projects, and 10% from operational maintenance issues.