Workers from two rival companies have recently fought a street battle in North China — using bulldozers — on the streets of Xingtang County in North China’s Hebei Province.
It might look like a scene from a Transformers movie but, in reality, the incident sheds a light on the highly competitive construction industry of China.
An argument between construction workers of two rival companies escalated into a street brawl and to settle the matter straight, a battle between bulldozers issued on Sunday, April 17.
A video captured at the scene showed the clash involving at least six bulldozers ramming into each other or trying to evade the scuffle. A few seconds into the video, one of the bulldozers is toppled over by a rival counterpart. A figure is seen crawling, unhurt, out from the defeated digger and running for cover while a second bulldozer comes and tries to lift the fallen one back to its feet.
The brawl soon covered the entire street in dust and blocked the oncoming traffic, but came to an end when the police arrived on the scene. The six vehicles were all damaged to various extents and two of the drivers suffered from minor injuries.
Xu Feng, a local government official in Xingtang county said Monday, the bulldozers belonged to two competing businesses and refused to comment further on the cause of the fight or arrest until an investigation was conducted.
China’s construction industry has fallen on hard times with two-thirds growth decrease from last year. The real estate construction takes up a quarter of the economy and the slump in the industry has resulted in major layoffs in the glass, cement and steel sectors.