Girl swallowed by pavement


57 Responses to “Girl swallowed by pavement”

  1. moop2000 says:

    What’s a kindly hack?

  2. Aaron Swain says:

    Good to know the U.S. isn’t the only country with infrastructure issues.

  3. joeposts says:

    It looks like the driver had a moment of hesitation, like “Did I just actually see a girl plunge through concrete?” She’s lucky he was lucid!

  4. ChicagoD says:

    Wow. That was terrifying and awesome at the same time. I assume she was OK?

  5. nixiebunny says:

    My brain is saying, “What type of sidewalk is this that has a 6 meter deep cavern under it?”

    • Roose_Bolton says:

      The kind that didn’t ALWAYS have a 6 meter deep cavern underneath? Sinkholes imply erosion of a previously-existing structure, no?

    • xzzy says:

      Probably more common than you’d think.. cities have a whole bunch of activity going on beneath them.  They run tours under Seattle and some of the spaces under the sidewalk have 15 feet of clearance. 

      I would guess the core failure is poor construction regulation allowing for a weak spot in the pavement that just happened to pick that moment to give way.

      • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

        Some older cities have spaces under the pavement in front of shops for moving goods into basement storage rooms.  Some of these spaces are still used and they have metal covers and powered lifts.  Some have been removed and maybe just covered over instead of being filled.

      • krische says:

        I went on that tour when I visited Seattle. It was pretty awesome.

    • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

      This is a secret entrance to the Thugee lair.  Kali Ma!

    • chgoliz says:

      Forget the cavern….the sidewalk was barely an inch thick.  No sub-structure.  That child didn’t weigh 100 pounds and she went right through like it was paper.

  6. The video is interesting and all, but where is the BB thread for asteroid mining!?!? I thought you guys would have been all over that idea by now. Planetary Resources is the biggest story of the year in my mind.

  7. Jay says:

    I think I saw this on Looney Tunes once.

  8. anyone notice how all the online tabloids (msn news, etc.) have headlines for this video that focus on the fact she was on the phone?  seems like a lure to get cell phone haters (like myself) to read an article unrelated to absent minded cell phone talking.

  9. milkman says:

    I’ll admit, I know very little about concrete.  But this sidewalk looks pretty thin.  I also agree with previous post – what’s with the crazy underground cave?  Sure if anyone could find a better use for this space, it’s the Chinese.

  10. Rich Keller says:

    Yikes! Scary!

    When Cyriak gets ahold of this, I expect him to have a giant fractal kitten pound her through the pavement.

    • Lobster says:

       Or have a mutant version of her with all sorts of extraneous bodyparts emerge from the hole to vomit a giant fractal kitten at Wang Wei.

  11. Andrew Reitsma says:

    Funny there is a camera just at the right place to film the entire thing. That concrete looks pretty thin. Cruel practical joke? Or does someone not like cellphone walkers? Hope the girl’s ok in any case.

    • Jerril says:

       It’s called a “Security Camera” – even without living in England, most places in urban centers are under video surveillance. Often the coverage is accidental because a camera in a store happens to have a view out the window when it’s really only intended to video the counter area (as an example). Gas stations, banks, and any place with an outside ATM are also usually under heavy video coverage – also jewelry stores.

      A store with a valuable storefront display is a great place to look for video footage of a street event as they’re often taping the sidewalk just in case someone does a smash and grab.

  12. DreadJester says:

    Was that some dental floss they were using to hold the ladder??  No wonder the girl was scared.

  13. Chuck says:

    I blame the CHUD.

  14. Lolotehe says:

    Is he now responsible for her for the rest of his life, as per tradition?

  15. SpaceOtter says:

    This is what happens when you dig only 99.9999999% of the way to China.

  16. She nearly fell through to the U.S. 

  17. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Best comment: “She found the bonus level”

  18. Rick Verbael says:

    I don’t think I will buy cement made in China

  19. Dean Putney says:

    I like that the first thing the girl does after climbing out of the hole is straighten her shirt.

  20. Lobster says:

    The girl received few injuries from the fall, but unfortunately died of lead poisoning several days later.

  21. I would have been curious, too, but I don’t know that I would have joined the mob on the hungry, human-eating sidewalk.  “Hey, some girl just fell thr . . . ahhhhhh!”

    • vrplumber says:

      Wow, that didn’t even occur to me until I read your comment. (i.e. I probably would have been one of the stupid people crowding around the hole :P ) 

      Surely if it was a sinkhole it would have been much wider than the little hole that the girl fell through, and all the extra people gathered around the edge of the hole could have had dire consequences.

    • Culturedropout says:

       I was thinking exactly the same thing.  Wow – the sidewalk just gave way over there.  Quick!  Everybody run and stand on that same section of pavement.  It’s like the old game “Lemmings” with Chinese people…  She was the clueless one that always fell into a hole and got stuck.  They just needed one of the Chinese people to explode and allow the others to all fall in the hole too.  At least that’s how it always worked for me.

    • Anon_Mahna says:

      You know, that fits right along with my brain dubbing over “OM NOM NOM NOM!” on the 2nd viewing…   

  22. lakelady says:

    She’s lucky to be alive. It was an accident like this that contributed to the death of Lorne Blair, producer/director/photographer of “Ring of Fire”. He died two days after breaking his leg falling through a sidewalk in Legian, Bali.

  23. Zhasu says:

    in soviet russia pavement walks on you
    (it’s in china i know, but soviet russia sounds so much better)

  24. timquinn says:

    Oh goody, now I have an answer to those, “Why can’t we build fast like in China.” comments.

    Also, do people really not realize that there is stuff going on under the sidewalk? Wow.

  25. spacedmonkey says:

    A few weeks ago a different woman fell through a sidewalk in Beijing, landed in hot water, and got burned to death.

  26. benher says:

    Goodly comrade Wang will no doubt disappear in the coming week for exposing holes in the walls of the state.

  27. Kleinzeit says:

    “Getting no response he climbs down into the hole clinging to a cable strung underneath the pavement”, because that’s what Buster Keaton would have done.

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