Chinese girl swallowed by sidewalk sinkhole


A teenage girl in China had to be rescued after falling into a sinkhole which opened up on a Xi’an pavement and swallowed her.

Video footage shows the moment the girl -- who was busy making a call on her mobile -- disappeared through the ground and into a 6m deep hole which had just opened up.

A taxi driver who witnessed the bizarre accident and ran to the rescue said the girl was unconscious when he found her and that he patted her to wake her.

Firefighters were called and lowered a ladder down to the pair. The girl was taken to hospital for treatment and is said to have recovered.
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