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Crater backfilled after cave-in

A CRATER caused by a road collapse in Baoshan District on Tuesday night was backfilled yesterday afternoon after a construction company was ordered to fix the mess.

The crater was about 20 meters long, 5 meters wide and 7 meters deep.

District government officials said there were no casualties from the cave-in on Yi'erba Jinian Road, which has been closed since the accident.

The cause of the road collapse at the construction site for Baoshan Wanda Plaza was still being investigated, said an official with China State Construction Engineering Corp, which is building the plaza.

Construction of the plaza has been suspended, authorities said.

Zhou Jianping, deputy of the Baoshan Urban Construction and Communications Committee, said yesterday that the site has three main support beams and several 25-meter-high piles near the collapsed road. Each pile has a diameter of 80 centimeters. "The piles should have prevented the collapse," said Zhou.

Another possible reason is that hundreds of heavy trucks use the road every day.

"Such a cave-in is rare," said Sheng Jingyu, an executive from China State Construction Engineering Corp.

Sheng said third party experts will analyze the collapse to determine what was wrong.

On-site workers told Shanghai Daily the collapse was most likely triggered by moving earth from the foundation pit for an underground parking lot.

The crater was near the entrance of the parking lot.

Tons of gravel and yellow sand were poured into the crater yesterday, creating thick dust around the site.

Only one tap sprayed water on the road to reduce dust in the air and nearby residents were not happy.

"Look at the flying dust. We are suffering from the collapse," said a resident surnamed Zhou, whose balcony was covered in dirt.

Other residents living across the street from the construction site claimed the collapse caused walls to crack in their homes.

Committee officials said the cracks could have been caused by natural settling. Zhou added that a third party will be asked to check if the damage was caused by the road collapse. At least two households have already registered for evaluations.

Gonghexin Road, near Yi'erba Jinian Road, was also closed to vehicles. Both will remain closed to motor vehicles until the investigation is completed, the district government said.

Bicycles and pedestrians are allowed to pass the collapsed areas.

Started in October last year, the Baoshan Wanda Plaza was expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The complex will have a total floor area of nearly 300,000 square meters, including 80,000 square meters on two underground floors.


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