US$750,000 Rolls-Royce swallowed up after sinkhole suddenly appears in Chinese street

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A Rolls-Royce plunged headlong into a sinkhole on a street in north-eastern China on Sunday when the road beneath it suddenly collapsed.

The brown Phantom was left stuck headfirst in a hole about three metres in diameter in a street in Harbin, Heilongjiang province.

The incident was captured in a video that was circulated on social media after being posted on the Chinese streaming site Pear Video.

Tales of sinkholes suddenly opening up in the streets and swallowing passing vehicles or pedestrians have often made headlines in China.

Many have blamed the poor quality of the roads for the phenomenon – often pointing to the widespread corruption that afflicts construction projects.

In August, half a carriageway collapsed in the downtown of a city in southwestern Guangxi province, giving way to a sinkhole big enough to swallow a truck.

 

 

Source: News agencies