Village Woman Crushed Trying To Stop Construction In Henan

Zhumadian woman crushed under construction vehicle while trying to stop the construction.

Zhumadian woman crushed under construction vehicle while trying to stop the construction.

From NetEase:

Henan Zhengyang denies law enforcement ignored incident of a resident being crushed to death

Summary: On the morning of the 3rd, in Zhumadian of Henan province, a woman trying to stop construction was run over and killed by a construction vehicle, and it was reported that the police and water department personnel present at the scene turned a blind eye. The Zhengyang County Shenshui River Regulation Project headquarters made an announcement, claiming that it was a fatal construction accident, that the victim slipped on the river slopes onto the moving excavator. Officials deny that the deputy fire chief said “I’ll take responsibility for running over her”.

According to Henan television reports, on the morning of January 3rd, while Henan Zhumadian Zhengyang County police and water department were forcefully carrying out construction along the Shenshui River, a resident trying to stop construction was run over and immediately died. According to Henan telelvision’s report, after the resident fell under the car, the police and water department personnel at the scene pretended not to see, even happily laughed.

Zhengyang County officials responded that this middle aged woman was obstructing the construction as a result of river regulation project being close to her residence, accidentally slipped on the slope and fell under the moving excavator, and died despite rescue efforts. They also claim that official video shows that the workers immediately rushed to rescue and did not ignore or laugh. On the same day of the accident, the driver of the excavator was apprehended, and an investigation team is currently investigating the matter.

The Zhengyang County Propoganda Department says at it is currently coordinating with the victim’s family concerning the issue of compensation but have not yet reached an agreement.

A copy of the above news report on Youku, which was included in this other post on Mop about the same news. In the news report, various villagers are interviewed and there are also footage of the construction workers and government officials “allegedly” ignoring or pretending not to notice the woman having been run over.

Zhumadian woman crushed under construction vehicle while trying to stop the construction.

A woman wearing red caught under a construction vehicle's tracks/treads.

The woman passes away as rescuers try to save her.

On the left, the local official that allegedly ignored the woman being run over and crushed.

Comments from NetEase: (the comments section have since been closed)


They can’t go one day without lying.


After the Zhaiqiao Village village head’s death, every one of Zhaiqiao Village’s villagers found themselves in danger.

Many Zhaiqiao Village youth have all gone to live with their relatives, petrified that if they say something wrong they will be taken away. Zhaiqiao Village’s villagers no longer dare to walk on the streets at night, as police can be seen everywhere. This author’s friend’s wife is from Zhaiqiao, and she was woken up in the middle of the night yesterday by her mother-in-law, saying: “It’s safer if you go home to sleep.” My friend nervously got out of bed, as this author’s friend is an honest person, petrified of anything happening and causing a problem. Before going out, he first stick out his head to check if there were any JC nearby, and only after seeing that there were no JC, did he quickly leave with his wife, taking the smaller roads to go home.

Now, Zhaoqiao Village villagers have to sign an “agreement”, and what is this agreement? It is for all Zhaiqiao Village villages who know about this incident to sign the traffic accident confirmation that the ZF just issued. According to reliable sources, whoever doesn’t sign will be taken away. This is also one reason why Zhaiqiao Village’s young people have all left [the village]. The reason is because the older people have already decided to pursue investigation of the matter to the end, and don’t want the younger generation to be harmed. As it is understood, Zhaiqiao Village villagers all remember their former village head Qian Yunhui’s great kindness, and will all refuse to sign this “agreement”.

To support Zhaiqiao Village’s action, I asked that netizens ding this post/comment. Let Zhaiqiao Village’s villagers know that we already know of their current plight, and give all the support we can to them on the internet.

One person’s glare may not scare them, ten people’s glare may not make them stop, but one hundred, one thousand, ten thousand, one million, never has there been a person who was able to persist to the end under this kind of silent glare. It was frowns that ultimately changed racism, and looking on is the same. The precondition is that everyone not give up, not give up your last, smallest bit of effort.

Look on, sit here, sit on the steps of the Lord, and see how the world changes.


What can I say, there is nothing I want to say. If I could, I want to go to Mars to live.


It is always the rabble that suffer accidents.


“Because the scene of the accident was around 20 meters away, workers/personnel didn’t know that Li Li had been ran over.”
Since you guys didn’t know, how could you guys know that she had slipped and fell under [the excavator]?
20 meters away means you couldn’t see? Even if your personnel were all blind, you couldn’t hear the villagers shouting?
I get it now, you guys are both blind and deaf.


I don’t want to stay in the Heavenly Kingdom anymore, I want to go to Heaven!


After the accident happened, Henan’s various levels of leadership all paid great attention and attached great importance to the matter, immediately comforting the victim’s family, quickly organizing an investigation team, and clearly gave the people an impartial explanation. Everyone be reasonable.


Watch carefully, that woman wearing red, people are already shouting that someone is being run over, and at first she was still trying to pull herself up, but the excavator doesn’t even stop and continues to crush her! Watch carefully.


Everyday there is this kind of incident, I’m already numb.


A ZF that fights with the people for benefits/advantage is a shameful ZF. If a ZF is composed of illiterates, reckless men, weapons, and greed, this ZF has no future! The entire country’s people will see it getting its just deserts, the day will come. After all, history is written by the people, and strike by strike the people will remember in their hearts. Every additional stroke of blood debt will only make even more people aware, and there will be even more anger to bury it!


With officials being shameless to this degree, they’ve already become robbers.

What do you think?

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

  • Koji Kabuto

    this is heavy stuff…
    something will happen soon

    • Koji Kabuto

      I mean, we will come to a point that The People will not take it anymore.

      (no fun in declaring sofa here)

      • dude

        That is never going to happen. Chinese people have been desensitized to these kinds of incidents/accidents. Everybody wants ‘somebody’ to take action and stay back, overlook and try not to be associated. Entire communities shut their mouths and go to bed.

  • Ahwong

    fucking cold blooded

  • mankouzanghua

    At the bottom of the news report it asks, “how can the lives of the common people be treated as weeds?”

  • This is not cool!

    people are fighting and dying for their right to exist!

    song of the article

    Blood on the Motorway
    -DJ Shadow


  • kissmyass

    speechless hopeless!!!!
    the party leaders are good at killing armless people (students, farmers,Tibetans……..)

    • Bob

      They already have no arms! Have they no decency in sparing the handicapped?

      • anon

        LOL! Everyone should begin writing without spaces after their punctuation marks.

  • anon

    So a civilian investigation team was sent out for the Qian Yunhui case and they said there’s no evidence of it being a murder. Now what? Anyone think they were bought off by the officials or are we not giving the government a fair shake sometimes?

    Relevant to this case, it seems she really did just slip and fall, so the issue is whether or not the government officials tried to save her or just stood by and laughed like monsters. We’re all predisposed to thinking the worst of the Chinese government, but do we have any real proof here or are we being unfair to them?

    • Teacher in China

      The slip and fall story here seems really likely to me too. And I have to say once again that it seems like the netizens and the average people of China are really eager to believe these monstrous stories of officials and police acting like movie villains from the 1930’s. They seriously laughed while she was getting crushed to death? Did they also twirl their long black moustaches and rub their hands together, then use several 100 RMB bills to light big fat cigars and blow the smoke into the face of orphan children with cancer, stepping on several newborn puppies while they walked away?

  • Ray

    Can we stop the “villagers getting crushed” stories. I just had lunch and these images d and there has been a distinct lack of uplifting news.

    • Blackaven

      You’re in the wrong place for uplifting news…and if they stop telling us that villagers are being crushed that will make it stop happening right? :-/

      “Could you not be so gross when you’re losing your life, it disturbs my lunch hour” …wow

    • anon

      What are you talking about? There has been plenty of uplifting news lately. Let’s see…Chinese netizens made fun of Mao’s grandson, some Chinese boys show off their rave dance moves, two men subject themselves to punishing cold to break a world record…

      chinaSMACK always mixes the silly and serious stuff together.

  • Jess

    RIP (Rest In Peace)

  • Curren$y

    Song of the Article

    Move Bitch
    – Ludacris

    • vince

      Congrats you’re the Dick of the Day!

  • Sunni


  • straight bullshit.
    there time will come.

  • This sort of incidents are frequent occurrences in China. The central government is too far away and unable to monitor what crimes and injustice abound in other places outside Beijing.

    It will take more than a few voices for the central government to sit up and pay attention to what’s going on in many parts of the country. Anyway that’s life in China and its no wonder that many are trying to get out from the middle kingdom.

    • Fenqing Mike

      Youre right, there are thousands of villages in China and its hard to keep track of the injustices in every little villages. Most villages people are really close to one another which is not the case in this village.

      • Sunni

        lol pretty sure there are more than a few thousand villages in China… but essentially yes it all boils down to the fact that there are simply too many people.

    • anon

      I think the central government knows that these incidents are frequent occurrences in China but for those who care (the others arguably don’t), they find it really hard to fix them on a meaningful level. There are a lot of people and those with the power to instantly fix a bad situation can’t be everywhere at once, so the meaningful thing they can do is try to implement top down change, to encourage the development of a better system overall. That system (bureaucracy) is huge though and its hard to monitor it all so inefficiencies create opportunities for abuses that result in these incidents.

      I don’t envy the task of the reformers and the officials who genuinely want to make China better. However, I don’t think the central government is ignorant of the injustices. There’s evidence that even Mao had some idea that people were starving to death during the GLF when his subordinates were trying to appease him by falsifying reports. Nowadays, with the media and internet, they’d have to be unbelievably insulated to not have a clue that these things are happening.

      I think they’ve sat up and are paying attention, not to ever individual incident in every part of the country, but to the broader phenomenon that this post falls under. Again, I don’t think everyone in the central government cares, but I do think some are, and they have to struggle with the apparatus they’re in.

  • John

    Thus the reason why Americans own guns. If anyone fucks with them, they shoot them dead.

    The driver of this bulldozer would have gotten a bullet in his head in the U.S.A. (AND DESERVED IT)

    • theelemur

      Naaa. Americans just use bulldozers to destroy the town full of corrupt officials ;)

    • katwright

      I’m sure the parents of the dead 9 year old in Arizona are real happy that Americans own guns.

  • Not to be callous, but photos and videos of “after the fact” have pretty much become a common sight/story in P.R. China – reducing the “wow” factor to a sad shrug.

    Hate to say it, but unless an event like is ‘captured live on broadcast’, which is VERY unlikely for P.R. China, then it is going to be more and more just another ‘dog bites man’ level of story.

  • Morrisshi

    wow, great, wonderful,excellent…those uniform men were laughing seeing a woman being crushed…中国万岁,河南省万岁。万岁万岁万万岁。。。long live China.