Beijing Sidewalk Collapses Into Scalding Water, Killing Woman

Sidewalk suddenly collapses under woman, sending her into a pit of boiling water.

A Beijing woman was pronounced dead late Monday night one week after falling through a sidewalk into a pit of scalding hot water while walking to work. Despite doctors’ best efforts, the woman succumbed to organ failure and related injuries after 99% of her body was severely burned.

Mid-afternoon on April 1st, the woman, surnamed Yang, was walking to work with her colleague on North LiShi road in Beijing when the sidewalk suddenly collapsed, sending Yang toppling into a pit of boiling water. Ms. Yang’s body was almost entirely submerged in scalding water before she was pulled free and rushed to a nearby hospital. Despite Yang briefly regaining consciousness in the hospital — enough to recognize and nod toward her family — the hospital confirmed her passing at 11pm on Monday night.

The source of the water was ultimately traced to a leaking hot water pipe connected to the nearby Wuhua Mansion. When the accident first occurred, the Mansion’s real estate development company, Wanhua Estate, offered up 320,000 RMB for Yang’s hospital treatment.

Beijing District Heating Group told media they had sent out Repair Notices to Wanhua Estate warning them of the water leak, but had received no response. Currently, neither Wanhua Estate nor Wuhua Mansion has made a statement regarding Ms. Yang’s death, and it remains to be seen how or whether either will receive any punishment.

Video from Sina News:

Comments from NetEase:

0快乐无罪0 [网易加拿大网友]:

Dying is better than living, rest in peace!

小猪打怪兽 [网易广东省江门市网友]:

Life’s great tragedy, dying for no good reason.

网易陕西省网友:

To survive would also be suffering.

网易北京市网友:

Such a coincidence, just a week before Yang’s accident, in Dalian a 20-year-old girl fell into a heating vent walking to work one morning. The heating vent had no cover, and she was immediately burned to death, boiled alive in 130 degree water.

chen777999 [网易河北省保定市网友]:

What a misfortune!

网易北美地区网友:

A sudden and unexpected disaster, followed by the relevant government departments passing the blame in a farce.

死猫烂狗 [网易新西兰网友]:

In this strange country, one can die just by walking down the street.

网易广东省东莞市手机网友

Poor woman! Detestable real-estate developer! Abominable China! Hope she rests in peace!

网易海南省三亚市手机网友

Rest in peace! Heaven has no pits of boiling water, no gutter oil, no tainted milk

Source: NetEase, Sina News

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  • StupidAmerican

    Sitting on a sofa on a boiling water sidewalk.

    Just kidding, wtf is up with the whole sofa thing anyways?

    • Patrick

      Ancient Chinese tradition of claiming the prize of first post. It’s stupid and inane which of course means everyone wants to do it but have absolutely no real understanding of why. Even those who scorn the practice want to even if they won’t openly admit it. They are the closet sofa lovers. The want it bad but their own self-loathing prevents them from admitting it. They have many intimacy issues – which sofa’s are obviously very good for. Congrats you have achieved the useless prize.

    • James

      We do the same in America, many people here say ‘First Post’

      Stupid and pointless in my opinion.

  • Appalled@everything

    Fuck that! that’s all I wanna say.

  • jiayi

    Damn some people just have the worst fuckin’ luck.

  • coala banana

    boiled alive ! fuck !

    look at all this useless bastards in the background…..they should at least do what they usually do, thats is, drilling their noses, scratching their butts, and spitting on the floor out of their rotten black tofu eating mouths….

    fuck misfortune, implement and enforce some fucking security and safety standards….oh, I forgot, they have safety standards, but the ones with should enforce, maintain and audit them, are temporary occupied with drilling their noses with their pinky finger nails…

    • donscarletti

      Spitting and nose drilling are gross and yes, China has a lot of this, but I don’t see what they have to do with this story.

    • Interested

      You are invited to that pit. That is your destiny.

    • pada

      Your reaction is exactly the same as one to a poor boy next door who just bought a newer and better car.
      I sincerely wish any accident and tragedy of China could ease the pain on your hurt superiority ego you used to have. Darn China, you make so many feel peesed!

    • notorious

      i would rather see nose drilling and snot rockets than read your despicable comments about these people.

  • A gawd-dang Mongolian

    Now that is a terrible way to go.

    • dim mak

      Didn’t mongols use to execute people by boiling them in a huge pot?

      I saw it on a Chinggis Khan docu-drama.

      • Chinggis was here

        Long Empire. Genghis eventually banned torture and didn’t boil people alive, however he ordered that molten silver was poured in the eyes, ears and down the throat of the mayor of a town in the Khwarezm Empire that murdered Genghis’ diplomats. The first time Genghis went to war against his blood brother, he was defeated and the generals that remained loyal to Genghis were boiled alive. Also, I think Tamerlane did too, but he was just a fucken psychopath and his claim to Mongol heritage was tenuous.

      • Xiongmao

        Used to be a Japanese method of execution during the 15th to 19th century for people convicted of serious crimes but not considered important or honorable enough to be beheaded or allowed to commit seppuku.

  • http://www.chinawhisper.com/ Peter

    Build fast, collapse fast, die fast, We call it China speed.

    • Ryo

      Yeah I mean China is the only country that has leaking pipes… besides, the leak was detected and repaired work was suppose to be scheduled. It’s just those assholes at Wanhua Estate ignored it.

      • Appalled@everything

        Is super-heated water really piped underground though? For what purpose?

        • Andao

          It’s like a moat

          • Appalled@everything

            hehe nice one!

        • Foreign Devil

          The entire city center is heated through a centrally controlled hot water heating system in Beijing. So I images there is tons of hot water being piped around underground.

          • Fu ZhiGao

            That is a really good question

      • coala banana

        accusing chinese of ignorance and selfishness is like accusing the sky of being blue, the water wet, a women having secrets, a dog licking his own didi……some things are just how they are. Nothing surprising here….

        • jeffli

          Errrrrmmmm actually as a generalisation I have to agree but the point is , is it changing and for better or worse?

  • Harland

    There’s nothing I enjoy more than an embedded video that automatically plays an advertisement while simultaneously disabling the video controls so that I can’t stop or mute it. Great job, chinasmack!

    • Harland

      Oh, and now that I’ve clicked ‘post’, the page has reloaded and the ad is playing again. Super!

      • Ray

        Thats how ads work online? They want you to watch them and they don’t care what you want.

    • Ryo

      This is why I install ad-block add-on for my browser. The ads just got to a point of being an annoyance instead of informational.

    • juicebar

      Yeah get an “ad-block” extension for your browser (Chrome or Firefox). Please don’t tell me you’re using Internet Explorer.

      Sorry Fauna, I didn’t mind the ads before, but now I can’t stand them so I had to get ad-block just for this site. Best move I’ve ever made. It even prevents you from getting viruses which can sometimes be embedded within those pesky ad’s.

    • hanyucha

      “Lysol kills 99.9% of germs.”

      It cannot bring back a woman who has been steamed to death though. With all due respect, she was probably talking on her phone, or at least texting at the same time as walking and didn’t notice the steam rising out of the pavement. Survival of the fittest really.

      Anyway, getting back to the Lysol ad, 99.9%? It’s the other 0.1% you should be worrying about – if there are a million kinds of germs, which is a reasonable estimate, that means that there are ten thousand kinds of germs that it doesn’t kill.

      • notorious

        what’s sad is that someone took a picture of it as if it is something we need to see. worse is that we’re so desensitized we don’t even flinch knowing we’re looking a woman who was boiled to death.

    • Nyancat

      I doubt Chinasmack has the power to control the ads that come with these embedded videos, I’m sure the video hosting service is Chinese so it’s a given that there are going to be ads with it. I believe all or nearly all video hosting services in China feature ads but not all of them play the ads automatically, they could have probably used a different source though. For those of you living in China ever noticed how Chinese tv channels predominantly feature commercial ads while HK TV channels feature PSA’s?

  • Brett Hunan

    Not posted in the article but government official made an statement on the issue.

    “Now, that walkway was perfectly safe until people decided to start walking on it. Damn, people wont stop walking on stuff. The streets, stairs, paths, and even sidewalks. Until every Chinese stop walking we cannot assume this will be an isolated incident.”

    • Chinggis was here

      I don’t understand why she was walking on the footpath anyhow. As I understand there’s an agreement between the pedestrians and drivers. We walk on the road and the cars use the the footpath. it should’ve been Businessman Wang and his new black Audi A8 that was poached.

  • Brett Hunan

    Seriously I didnt want to say this, but Made in China proves to kill again. First its consumer products, then public facilities, next what kind of services are gonna kill all of you in the Middle Kingdom?

    Sorry but the mansion shouldnt be in trouble…. its the fucking sidewalk making company that built a faulty fucking sidewalk. Whether or not there was boiling water, someone was eventually gonna fall in that hole and drown.

    • Ryo

      Do you even read the complete article before posting? (and understand it?)

      “…they had sent out Repair Notices to Wanhua Estate warning them of the water leak, but had received no response.”

      Even a good sidewalk is not going to prevent a leaking pipe creating a sinkhole. And yes, other places besides China gets leaky pips too, and causes sink holes:

      http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/10/28/2729482/water-leak-creates-sinkhole-in.html

      http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/06/08/water-leak-causes-10-foot-sinkhole-near-golden-gate-park/

      http://www.pekintimes.com/news/x168225506/What-s-going-on-here-Sewer-line-break-closes-Capitol-St

      http://www.theeagle.com/local/Sinking-situation–7052235

      • notorious

        the problem with them sending out a notice is that they area should have been surrounded by tape with HUGE warnings in red danger signs warning people not to walk on it. When we have open ditches and sewers that’s what we do in America.

        The Chinese government should have made the repairs immediately for the safety and the public and fined the estate twice what it cost to repair as a penalty.

        • hanyucha

          The Chinese government should have made repairs? What? You expect Hu Jin Tao to come out and do it? Nobody in China takes responsibility for their action because they all say it is the government’s responsibility.

          “There are too many cars on the road, the government should do something.” “Would you stop driving your car to improve traffic?” “No way! Driving is so convenient!”

          “There is too much rubbish on the street, the government should clean it up.” Would you stop dropping rubbish to clean up Beijing?” “No way! Dropping rubbish is too convenient!”

          etc. ad naseum

          • notorious

            For the sake of saving human lives, yes instead of sending a notice the government or whatever government agency assigned to that responsibility should have made the repairs and fined the estates double for it and also gave them a ticket.

            Who cares about the politics, had they fixed it the woman would not have died a horrific death.

        • pada

          –“that’s what we do in America”? Gee!!
          Tip you politely, America does many things others don’t do, OK?
          Next time dont blame other people as distracting topics when they compare America with China.

          • notorious

            what i dislike about china is that it appears the people have no power or value. There are many many things i like about china and chinese people though, they would be unstopped if they were not so apathetic and created an environment/country where people care about each other.

            By the way, I have a garden on patio and grow my own vegetables that i enjoy giving away free.

        • pada

          Chinese governent, unlike “what you do in America”, doesnt repair, and it doesn plant high priced vegetables you nagged either.

        • staylost

          I really like the “government repair it and bill them heavily” plan. That is exactly what we did when I worked summers with the county’s public works.

          People learn real quick about doing things right when it costs them to do it wrong, plus you keep the lawyers out of the loop in most cases by not citing them (unless they complain or are slow on paying the bill).

      • Brett Hunan

        Yea okay…. tgey sent repair notices. Believe what you want

      • Brett Hunan

        Also look at the picture and tell me that is a sinkhole. Only sinkhole here is in your head. Must be a leaky pipe though. I will send a repair notice.

    • https://acrossthetasman.com 山炮 ShanPao

      Brett, Brett, Brett… seing as there are one fifth of the worlds population living in China dont you think it suitable that a good deal of the worlds freak accidents happen there?

      Hardly rocket science.

      • Brett Hunan

        SP… I know that. You know that. You still fell for the “made in China” deathtrap line of mine.

        Who needs rocket science to understand whats going on here?

        • staylost

          What’s funny is that there is no actual field.

      • pada

        Though “one fifth of the worlds population living in China” , China doesn have one fifth of the worlds prison population. You know who has it and where they live, unproportionally, right.

    • Interested

      Please stop buying any thing made in China. Have some integrity please.

      • Appalled@everything

        er, shouldn’t you be petitioning your local government to stop allowing the market to be flooded with cheap and inferior Chinese goods, and ask them to stop having your domestically owned products manufactured overseas to reduce labor costs?
        When you were a child you didn’t look at your dinner plate and say “please stop having Brussels Sprouts on you because I don’t want to eat them.” You told that shit to your mum and told her to stop giving them to you.

    • Nyancat

      Actually both parties are at fault here the estate people for failing to respond to the situation and the company that made the sidewalk for failing to take preventative action as they were aware that this was a potential hazard and should have taken the necessary steps to make the public aware, seems both parties were too lazy to do anything about it and were playing a game of chicken to see who would fold first, sadly it is an innocent that paid the ultimate price.

  • lonetrey

    -rolleyes- Nice job, China. I mean, I know you’re not the only country with these kind of things (broken roads, dangerous places to walk), but at least other countries don’t have the reputation that you have already!

    I hope they know that they are being judged differently and that their standards have to be a little higher if they want to offset the damage they’ve already done to their reputation in the past.

    • pada

      Agreed, the “reputation” is the key. Thats why America will do whatever it thinks right, since they know whatever they do, they are being judged differently anyway.

      China sure has a lot to learn with this “reputation”.

      • terroir

        怕打:
        excellent: another victim in China is another chance for you to talk about why the US is to blame. At least in the thread above it wasn’t you who brought it up, but as we see here in this comment you are first to try to make a point at the expense of someone else.

        Chinese people, like everybody else, don’t deserve to be victims who get hurt or killed. But. Since you gain from the suffering of others, it’s clear that more and more Chinese people need to be victims so that you can make your point.

        A Chinese woman has died and you’re starting an argument with the US – clearly not enough Chinese people are dying for your sake.

        • Hongjian

          The US sucks. Simple as that.

          If a hundred million chinese women have to boil to death for America to fall, I’d be worth the price.

          • notorious

            Hong Jian, you are a classic example of a person who allows hatred to overpower love.

  • Christina

    I can see how someone could actually develop agoraphobia in China.

    • Jeffli

      I think you’re onto something there!

  • Dr. Dust Cell

    Must be the work of one Agent Mario, infamous saboteur of Italian descent.

    • terroir

      Mario is the good one who saves princesses and stomps on toadstools; it’s Wario who is the bad one.

      No. No gold coins to find here.

  • tony

    Always be mindful of your step!
    Rest in Peace.

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  • notorious

    I pray she did not suffer and her spirit left her body before pain.

  • Trap

    In the fine words of admiral Akbar, “it’s a trap”

  • Brett Hunan

    Any posts on Bo Xilai’s wife and the murder case coming up?

    • notorious

      i want to know more about this. any links brett? i’ve been intrigued by this story. and the man lijun? Who walked into the US Embassy, has he ever been seen again? Or still on a vacation style retreat? Poor thing.

      • Brett Hunan

        All I read was in CNN but I wanted the netizens take on this…. Something isnt right about the story and I wanted to see how others felt

        • notorious

          I’ve read a couple of articles on this Bo story and wow! It’s all over the media now.

    • terroir

      To put it simply: despite the huge proper-Gandalf to tell the people “Don’t believe the hype!“, the rumors are true. It seems like the official word is so slow with official news (like Mister Bo’s wife getting charged with murder of the English butler) just so that people forget the rumors, which of course just line up.

      I doubt we’ll see a story about it here. I’m totally forecasting the next story will be about the price of oil skyrocketing. When food stuffs inflate in price, Chinese simply lose it and go mental. It’s likely soon to be the #1 talked about thing on the Chinese internets – officially.

      • notorious

        im an idiot so im still confused. it’s a rumor but is there any truth to it and are you being humorous about the english butler?

        • moop

          you have the internet right? you know what google is right?

          • terroir

            The inner workings of the inner circle of the Par-tey People is impervious to Google. Rumors are unconfirmed, and the only news besides the latest bit is that “rumors are not news”. Yes. That is google-able. And, they did follow-ups to “rumors not news” story in which Beijing university students have been recuited to be rumor-busters.

            Something about not releasing actual information and letting rumors fester and grow, or something.

          • notorious

            the internet? never heard of it.

        • terroir

          1. You’re not an idiot. I get to say who’s an idiot and can be trusted with the charge to tell whomever is an idiot at the designated time. If you are an idiot, I will inform you with a rhyming couplet.

          2. This situation is wholly unique in the world in which China’s broadcasted information gets suppressed, and so an alternative network to get information pops up instead. As said, this is a weird case in which the slowly released official news just confirms the rumors.

          3. A weird rumor I heard at one time is that the English guy is a butler, or was at one time. I don’t believe it myself but I have since retained it because of the lasting impression upon me: “the butler did it”.

          Of course, he didn’t, he’s dead. But he still might be a butler.

          • notorious

            I saw the news today as it hit U.S. papers. THe brit who died was a prominient business man with ties to Bo and his wife. A third person who was arrested was Mr. Bo and his wife’s butler. They apparently poisoned the British man. I believe they wanted to shake him down for money but he refused. they are said to have been acquainted with him since the 90s. That wang lijun guy apparently reported this murder to the U.S. Embassy who reported it to the Brits who requested an investigation. Also the papers said that the Brit may have been a spy with ties to M16. So intriguing it should be a movie.

  • Guy who came by

    Terrible … this accident is terrible, the ignorance and intolerance leading to it are terrible, people, who are just standing there doing absolutely nothing are terrible (imagine yourself lying on the sidewalk, dying, while people just stare at you), these comments are terrible, you people are terrible.

    STOP DOING NOTHING CHINA! REMEMBER THAT GUY WITH THE WOMAN WHO GOT STABBED AT PUDONG AIRPORT? HE WASN’T A DOCTOR, BUT HE WAS THERE FOR HER TO HOLD HER FUCKING HAND AND MAKE HER AS MUCH COMFORTABLE AS HE FUCKING COULD BEFORE THE AMBULANCE ARRIVED, WHILE THE SECURITY GUARD STOOD RIGHT NEXT TO HIM AND STARED, FOLDING HIS HANDS BEHIND HIS BACK! STOP WHINING ABOUT YOUR GOVERNMENT! NO ONE IS HAPPY ABOUT THEIR GOVERNMENT! YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL! YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL (said it two times on purpose)! YOU WANT A BETTER TOMORROW? WORK FOR IT! YOU! WORK! FOR A BETTER CHINA! YOUR ACTIONS ARE THE TEACHINGS THAT YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN! DON’T LITTER! STUDY EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT IN SCHOOL! READ BOOKS, GODDAMNIT! RESPECT YOUR ELDERS, BUT MOST OF ALL RESPECT EACH OTHER! WHEN THE DOORS OF THE ELEVATOR/SUBWAY/ETC OPENS, WAIT UTIL ALL PEOPLE ARE OUT THEN WALK IN, BECAUSE IF YOU ENTER WHILE THEY TRY TO EXIT YOU WILL BE IN EACH OTHERS WAY! IF YOU ARE A HEALTHY YOUNG MAN, PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND PURE, GIVE YOUR BUS/SUBWAY SEAT TO THE ELDERS/WOMEN/ENABLED! STOP THE GREED! STOP THE IGNORANCE! STOP THE GREED! STOP THE HATE! STOP YOUR HYPOCRISY!
    STOP YOUR INFANTILITY (that’s not even a word, but it suits very well for China)!

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s not just hot air from me. I love this country more than my own! I’m doing my part for building a better tomorrow for China … even as a foreigner!

    • terroir

      If I could correct you the correct word is “infantilism”, but displaying such an intent is to accept the “futilitism” of remonstrating such an opinion.

      “Won’t someone think of the children! Stop the insanitility!”

    • Appalled@everything

      Guy, you need to find yourself a good strong wall. Then clear your schedule for some time to bash your head against said wall. This act being far more constructive than trying to get these people to do the things you hope they will do.

  • Foreign Devil

    Yes you can easily die in the the Capital of the Heavenly Kingdom while walking to work. I’ve often found open sewer grates on my way to work. . with just a little bar sticking out as “warning”. Someone less aware or with bad eyesight would surely have fallen in. I remember the sewers kept backing up on my block. . . since no city workers came to fix the problem, the shopkeepers just poured cement over the sewer grates to block them and stop the shit smelling backup from flooding the street.

  • The Enlightened One

    LOL…

    Look at all the REAL men of China standing there like morons while one of their own people, a women at that, is clearly in need of help…

    Look at them all rush to help her… I bet NONE of those assholes tried to even help her out of the boiling water or even made a phone call for help. Why would anyone expect them to? 95% of these people don’t even help little girls being run over by cars multiple times.

    Stay classy China. You do us humans proud!

  • Buffledy

    video 1:10
    Geez, what’s going on down there in China? The woman isn’t even dead yet and someone is trying to steal her shoes?

  • RAWR

    Made me so sad :(

  • Jess

    So Beijing has hot water pumped around the cities pipes into each home?

  • talkingperson

    While the leak in this pipe certainly played a critical role in this accident, equally to blame is the standard disregard for building codes in China. More specifically, throughout Beijing, builders lay roadway, driveway and sidewalks on top of dirt. These projects have a general life-expectancy of 1 year due to high rates of erosion.

    Beijing, and the rest of China, should stop focusing on explosive growth and start focusing on quality development.

  • DGOSH

    Wow, and if the “Old Wives Tales” weren’t enough. Now we have to worry about getting sucked up by the sidewalks and boiled alive. Damn

  • redskippy

    This is a perfect opportunity for the chinese animals to get a free meal. Here is a freshly boiled woman, ready to be eaten. And its FREE.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Finley/760774771 Steve Finley

      scumbag.

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