Terror as glass walkway begins to crack underneath hundreds of tourists
Published 07/10/2015 | 16:05
Hundreds of tourists were left terrified as a glass walkway suspended 3,000ft in the air began to crack beneath their feet.
The Yuntai Mountain Walkway, located in China's Henan province, is a popular spot with visitors across the world because of its scenic views.
But on Monday, October 5, a number of its 68 cm glass panels suddenly began to shatter – resulting in a stampede as people rushed to get to the other side of the bridge for safety.
Witnesses said cracks begin to appear in the floor of the bridge as people strolled across it.
Lee Dong Hai, who was on the walkway at the time, shared his moment of terror on the social media site Weibo.
“My foot shook a little. I looked down and I saw that there was a crack in the floor,” he wrote.
“A lot of people started to scream. I screamed out, ‘It cracked! It really cracked!’ and then I pushed the people in front of me so that we could run out of the way.”
According to a statement released to the People's Daily China, the firm responsible for the bridge said the cracks were caused by a sharp object falling onto the surface.
Confirming that no one was injured in the incident, they added the safety of the bridge had not been compromised because there were three layers of glass.
Employees at the Yuntai Mountain scenic spot reportedly noticed several cracks in the glass at around 16.05 on October 5 during a routine inspection.
The walkway has now been closed off to the public for repairs.