Six missing in collapse

15 April 2008

Six construction workers were missing, feared dead, after a subway tunnel being built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics collapsed on Wednesday March 28, according to state news agency Xinhau.

The accident happened early Wednesday morning in Beijing's Haidian university district on the No. 10 subway line. The line crosses northern Beijing and when complete in 2008 will connect to the Olympic Village.

Subway officials have so far given no comment on the subway collapse, although it is thought an underground landslide trapped the workers. The 25 km tunnel has been hit by a series of cave-ins and floods, including a collapse in June which killed two people.

Four subway lines and a light rail project that links to the airport are currently under construction in Beijing in preparation for the 2008 Olympics. Construction will finish two months ahead of the Games, which start in August next year.

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