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Chinese Highway Uses ‘Plant Stocks’ in Lieu of Steel Bars- Man Loses His Life in Accident

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 6, 2012


An article from wantchinatimes alleges that an highway embankment in china which was supposed to be a safety valve for motorists, utilized organic ‘reeds’ in lieu of metal bars. The result, of course was that the embankment could not withstand the impact of an auto.

It is reported that a few days ago the embankment gave way when a car driven by a man crashed into it. The car and its driver plunged into the river below, the car was salvaged but the man was not.

The photo shows the alleged proof that instead of using steel bars for support, plant stocks were used. Thus, lacking the structural integrity, the embankment was useless.

This is China, I am no longer surprised.

The photo shows the crumbled concrete and the plants used as ‘rods’.
from here
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1103&MainCatID=&id=20120106000014

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