A woman was swallowed whole by a hole that opened up in the floor as she was walking towards an escalator at a train station in Shenzhen around 10am on Saturday.
In a clip posted on Chinese video platform Pear Video, the woman is seen walking behind a male companion when part of the floor in front of the escalator collapses under her feet.
She falls in and disappears from view while the man reaches in frantically to help her. Passers-by then rush to help and she is seen being pulled out of the hole.
The Shenzhen Metro later said on its official Sina Weibo account that the woman had stepped on a damaged manhole cover and fallen inside.
Train station staff sent her to the hospital where she was treated for abrasions on her arms, legs and other areas.