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Road collapses in Tibet, trapping hundreds of cars, people

(Xinhua)

17:01, November 24, 2011

LHASA, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- A section of a major road in northwest China's Tibet autonomous region collapsed Thursday morning, trapping hundreds of vehicles and people but causing no injuries, local police said.

At about 11:20 a.m. Thursday morning, a landslide occurred on a section of the Sichuan-Tibet Highway in Bomi county, said Liu Wanlin, a county police officer.

The landslide caused a 31-meter-long, seven-meter-wide section of the road to collapse, with a 1,500-cubic-meter pile of debris blocking the road. Over 100 vehicles and 400 people are now trapped on the road, Liu said.

Rescuers have rushed to the site to clean up the landslide and allow traffic to resume. Traffic is expected to be resumed by late Thursday, as good weather conditions will allow the road to be cleaned and repaired quickly.

The Sichuan-Tibet Highway is a key road in the region. The Bomi section of the road is known to be dangerous, with landslides and floods reported every year.

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