This is the incident we are currently dealing with in Woodland Terrace SE7. 348RG pic.twitter.com/6FdT21zBSV— Greenwich MPS (@MPSGreenwich) May 12, 2016
A massive sinkhole opened up on a residential street in southeast London on Thursday morning, partially swallowing a seven-seater car.
Ghazi Hassan, who owns the car, parked it outside of brother Abdul Ahmadza's home during an overnight visit. Ahmadza woke up at 4 a.m. and saw the car stuck in the sinkhole. However, he didn’t think there was much he could do to help the situation, so instead he decided to go back to sleep.
Mr Ahmadzai said he woke up at 4am. Saw the car. Saw the hole. Went back to sleep. "Nothing I could do" he tells @PA.— Joe Nerssessian (@joenerssessian) May 12, 2016
Luckily nobody was injured from the incident, but 25-year-old Cleo O'Kane, who lives on the street said she “heard a loud bang” and “thought it was thunder” since it was raining so much.
"All the car is resting on apparently is a pipe, otherwise it would have disappeared,” she added.
While the authorities came to get the car out, the area was cordoned off and the road remained closed for safety.
The appearance of sinkholes is not rare, but can be disastrous. One in California was around two stories deep and, in July 2015, a Kentucky woman died after her car fell into a sinkhole approximately 60 feet wide and 20 feet deep.