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At least nine people have been killed after a bus carrying passengers on a stretch of busy street was swallowed by a sinkhole in the rush hour yesterday evening in a Chinese city, the local authority has said.
Another 16 people were injured in the accident and were treated in hospitals in Xining, western China's Qinghai Province, the government announced.
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Officials said earlier today that they were still looking for the 10 people who remained missing.
The collapse left an 80-square-metre (860-square-foot) pit in the street outside a hospital.
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As of 10pm local time today - more than 27 hours after the accident took place - rescuers had found nine bodies and were verifying their identities.
In a press conference this morning, the city's officials said more than 1,000 police and firefighting officers were involved in the rescue efforts, and more than 30 vehicles had been dispatched to the scene to assist the operation.
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Ten people remained missing and 16 injured victims were hospitalised and in stable condition, officials claimed.
The authority said it was investigating the cause of the accident.
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The accident took place at around 5:30pm local time in front of a bus stop on the South Avenue in the Chengzhong District, the Xining government said in a press conference yesterday.
Footage released by Chinese media showed the bus plunging into the ground as the road underneath it suddenly gave way.
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It also captured a nearby utility post being brought down by the collapse and residents fleeing for their lives.
A separate clip purported to show the vehicle exploding in the sinkhole in front of screaming onlookers,...
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