08/16/2012 02:28 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Baby Girl Rescued From 33-Foot Deep Sinkhole In China (VIDEO)

A baby girl was rescued from a gaping sinkhole on Tuesday after an urban road suddenly collapsed in China's northeast.

According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua News, a section of a road in the city of Harbin in Heilongjiang province caved in without warning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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(Photo credit: NTD-TV)

The Chinese website reports that four people fell into the sinkhole, which was about 33 feet (10 meters) deep. One of them was a 14-month-old baby girl who was seen in the arms of her aunt just moments before the collapse, Stockstar writes.

Rescue workers soon arrived at the scene and used a drainpipe to enter the hole. They told Chinese news agency Shangdu News that because a network of pipes and cables was affected by the collapse, the rescue was fraught with difficulty.

However, after several hours, rescuers were able to pull the baby girl and another person to safety. Incredibly, NTD-TV reports that the child suffered only "minor scratches."

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(Photo credit: NTD-TV)

Two people were killed in the accident. It is unclear as to whether or not the baby's aunt was injured.

According to, residents in the surrounding buildings have since been evacuated and the cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

This is not the first time that a road has collapsed in a major Chinese city. In 2009, an elevated road in Hunan Province collapsed, killing nine, according to China Radio International.

For more on the story, watch the video from NTD-TV above.



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