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Bearing column overload blamed for collapse in Xiamen

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: Dec 18, 2019


An area of Lyucuo Road, where a Line 2 subway station was under construction, collapsed in Xiamen, East China's Fujian province, on Dec 12. [Photo/xmnn.cn]

An overloaded bearing column caused the collapse on Lyucuo Road, where a Line 2 subway station was under construction, in Xiamen, East China's Fujian province, on Dec 12, local media reported on Dec 16.

The collapse resulted in no casualties. Two cars slipped into the resulting crevice, but nobody was trapped and those inside the vehicles managed to escape safely. A total area of 500 square meters collapsed and several water pipes broke at around 9:50 pm on Thursday.

Authorities claimed that the temporary bearing column was overloaded, which led to instability and then a partial collapse of the road. They added that the part that collapsed was separate from subway lines 1 and 2, and will not affect the safety of the subway structure or surrounding buildings.

In addition, the investigation team conducted an analysis of the construction site, and it proved to meet requirements.