That sinking feeling... how did this Chinese scooter rider fail to spot giant hole opening up in the road in front of him?

Cameras capture moment chasm formed in street, then moments later a man rode straight into the middle of it

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 August, 2017, 6:44pm
UPDATED : Monday, 16 April, 2018, 2:17pm

A man riding a scooter fell into a sinkhole – reportedly because he was too busy looking at his mobile phone.

Half of the carriageway, an area big enough to accommodate a truck, collapsed early in the morning last Thursday in the downtown of Beihai city, Guangxi autonomous region.

Several seconds later the man fell into it, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

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A video circulated online showing the giant sinkhole forming in the middle of the road. Just moments later, the scooter drove along and fell straight into the gaping chasm.

A passer-by walked up to the hole to take a look, before the video cuts off to show police putting police tape around the area to keep others away from the danger zone.

The scooter driver suffered slight injuries and climbed out of the sinkhole soon after, according to the report.

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Several passers-by blocked the scene under the warning signs could be set up and repair work started.

The reason for the road collapse remains under investigation.