Bulldozers Battle on Street

Chinese workers clash over construction contract
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 19, 2016 12:31 AM CDT

Police in northern China say an argument between construction workers escalated into a demolition derby-style clash of heavy machinery that left at least two bulldozers flipped over in the street, the AP reports. In online video taken Saturday, several bulldozers are seen ramming each other while passenger cars scurry away from the cloud of dust. The video shows one driver running unhurt out of his toppled bulldozer, a fast-moving type also known as a wheel loader, while a friendly bulldozer tries to lift it back up.

The construction workers were from two companies competing for business, according to a local government spokesman in Hebei province's Xingtang County. He says he can't disclose details about arrests or injuries until an investigation concludes. China's construction sector has fallen on hard times, with growth down by two-thirds from its peak a decade ago. Real estate construction represents close to a quarter of China's economy, a far higher proportion than other major countries, and its slowdown is now sending ripples through industrial sectors such as steel, glass, and cement, causing waves of layoffs. (Beijing is planning to lay off as many as 6 million state workers in industries like steel and shipbuilding.)

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