Chang’an BenBen hits a Hole in the Road in China

Published on July 1, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chang'an BenBen hits Hole in Road in China

An interesting accident in the great city of Hefei in Anhui Province. A Chang’an BenBen hit a hole in the road and crashed. The driver was injured and taken to a local hospital. Police said the hole appeared the evening before and that road blocks they had erected were stolen that very night. The poor BenBen-driver so couldn’t know what was coming… The hole was likely caused by poor road construction coupled with some heavy rain. This happens a lot in China where all roads are made in a rush, without much attention paid to drainage construction.

An earlier article on a similar accident in Guilin caused some discussion on whether this kinda holes are ‘sinkholes’. Well, sinkholes they ain’t. A sinkhole is caused by a natural process, not by poor planning & design. From Wikipedia: A sinkhole, also known as a sink, snake hole, swallow hole, swallet, doline, or cenote, is a natural depression or hole in the Earth’s surface caused by karst processes — the chemical dissolution of carbonate rocks or suffosion processes for example in sandstone.

One question remains; waddabout that orange umbrella sticking out of the BenBen’s rear window?


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  1. TurboJaySmith- July 2, 2012 Reply

    poor thing

  2. s- July 2, 2012 Reply

    That is a sink hole. We have have many holes similar to that in Brisbane, Australia.

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