19 Dead, 30 Hospitalized After Highway Collapse in Guangdong, China Traps 18 Vehicles

Highway collapse in China's Guangdong province kills 19, injures 30 as rescue efforts continue, highlighting infrastructure safety concerns.

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19 Dead, 30 Hospitalized After Highway Collapse in Guangdong, China Traps 18 Vehicles

19 Dead, 30 Hospitalized After Highway Collapse in Guangdong, China Traps 18 Vehicles

A section of a highway in Meizhou city, Guangdong province, China collapsed around 2 a.m., on Wednesday leaving at least 19 people dead and 30 hospitalized.

The 17.9-meter (58.7-foot) section of the road collapsed, trapping 18 vehicles involving a total of 49 people.

According to state media reports, witnesses heard a loud noise and saw a hole open up before the collapse. Video and photos from the scene showed smoke, fire, and blackened cars on the slope where the vehicles fell.

Rescue workers have taken the 30 injured people to the hospital. The area had experienced heavy rains in recent days prior to the incident, but the exact cause of the collapse is still under investigation.

Why this matters: The tragic highway collapse in Guangdong province highlights ongoing concerns about infrastructure safety in China. The incident's high death toll and number of injuries emphasize the need for thorough investigations and measures to prevent similar disasters in the future.

State broadcaster CCTV reported that rescue efforts are ongoing at the site of the incident. "The area has been experiencing heavy rains in recent days," CCTV noted. Authorities have not yet provided further details on the identities of the victims or the severity of the injuries sustained by those hospitalized.

Key Takeaways

  • Highway section collapsed in Meizhou, China, killing 19 and injuring 30.
  • Collapse occurred around 2 AM, trapping 18 vehicles with 49 people.
  • Witnesses reported hearing a loud noise before the collapse.
  • Heavy rains in recent days may have contributed, but cause still under investigation.
  • Incident highlights ongoing infrastructure safety concerns in China.