Friday 30 September 2016

Terror as glass walkway begins to crack underneath hundreds of tourists

David Kearns

Published 07/10/2015 | 16:05

The cracks began to appear as hundreds of people were standing on the bridge Credit: Weibo
The cracks began to appear as hundreds of people were standing on the bridge Credit: Weibo

Hundreds of tourists were left terrified as a glass walkway suspended 3,000ft in the air began to crack beneath their feet.

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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.

The Yuntai Mountain Walkway in China
The Yuntai Mountain Walkway in China

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. 

A picture of one of the cracked glass panels Credit: Weibo
A picture of one of the cracked glass panels Credit: Weibo
Each glass panel is 68 cm thick Credit: Weibo

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.

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