16 missing in China tunnel collapse - 3rd collapse in 2 months

Posted Sep 17, 2012 by Greta McClain
Chinese state media is reporting that 16 people are trapped after a Daqing-Guangzhou Expressway tunnel in the Jiangxi Province collapsed Sunday evening.
Rescuers attempt to located people trapped in tunnel collapse in China
Rescuers attempt to located people trapped in tunnel collapse in China
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Xinhua says the tunnel, which is part of the 3,429 km-expressway spanning from Heilongjiang Province to the southern Guangdong Province, is still under construction. The collapse occurred around 10 p.m. Sunday. As of 12:00 PM Monday, those trapped inside had yet to be located and rescuers told the Washington Post they had no updates.
This is the latest in a series of tunnel collapses that saw two different tunnels collapse in July. On July 5th, three railway workers were finally rescued after being trapped for eight days when a portion of the under construction Hongling Tunnel collapsed. On July 29th four people were killed and four were injured after part of a the Xiazhang Highway Tunnel collapsed.
On Friday, InvestorPlace reported the Chinese government plans to build 1,254 miles of roads, nine new sewage-treatment plants, five port improvement projects and two waterway system enhancements. What is missing from the report are plans to improve the safety of infrastructure projects.
On August 24th, a bridge collapsed in northern China, killing three people and injuring five others according to a BBC News report. The bridge had been completed nine months prior to the collapse. Poor construction and over-loading were blamed for the incident. The collapse left no one surprised and was China's sixth major bridge collapse since July of 2011 an International Business Times report says.
A China Digital Times article released today points out that although the new infrastructure building plan may be the “world’s most dynamic” according to per-capita GDP growth, there are "many pitfalls of rapid development that can be seen in China."