The accident was caused by a water leak on the construction site of a subway station in the city of seven million residents
The accident took place near the No.1 Ring Road Bridge on Jihua Xi Road above the construction site of Foshan's Subway Line 2, according to China Central Television Station.
The report said the collapsed area was as large as two basketball courts with a depth of five to six metres (16 to 19 feet). The report also showed an aerial video of the affected site.
Pictures of the scene showed a huge swathe of mud and broken concrete in the middle of the two-way thoroughfare in the city's Changcheng district.
At least eight people were killed after the major eight-lane road suddenly collasped at around 8:40pm local time yesterday
The sudden leak flooded the underground site and caused a 30-metre-long (100-foot-long) stretch of the road to collapse at around 8:40pm local time, the city government said in a statement today on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter.
The statement said an initial leak was detected by the construction workers at around 7pm, but the workers failed to control the situation.
It was unclear whether the dead and missing were all construction workers.
Rescue works is underway for the three missing. The authorities are investigating the details of the accident.
Comment: When we take into account the surge in sinkholes and other related phenomena being recorded around the world, there's a good likelihood of it being related to the changes occurring on our planet :