China construction site cave-in claims eight lives


Two labourers carry a heavy bag of building material to a construction site in Beijing.

BEIJING - Eight people were killed and three were missing after a cave-in at a construction site for a new metro line in Foshan city in southern China&39;s Guangdong province, the city&39;s transport bureau said on Thursday.

Another nine people were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after the construction collapse on Wednesday evening, Chinese state media cited the transport bureau as saying.

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A section of road and pavement lined with streetlights had crumbled and sunk into the ground, leaving a nearby bus stop perched on the edge of the hole, according to pictures and video from state media.

The site was part of construction for Foshan&39;s second metro line.

Rescue efforts and an investigation into the cause of the collapse were underway, the transport bureau said.

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Workplace accidents are relatively common in China, which faces problems with poor oversight and enforcement of health and safety standards.

Numerous cities across China are installing underground metro systems at a rapid pace as part of a nationwide push to upgrade urban transport.