A Buckinghamshire family got a shock early on Sunday morning, to find their car had been swallowed by a giant sinkhole.
Firefighters were called to a property in Walter’s Ash, High Wycombe where they found the hole, measuring 30ft deep and 15ft across, which had developed overnight on the driveway.
Fortunately no one was hurt by the sinkhole’s rapid appearance, though a Volkswagen Lupo parked on the drive had sunk to the bottom and remains in the hole, covered in rubble.
I was gobsmacked. The first thing I did was phone the police because we didn't know what to do.
It is currently unclear what caused the sinkhole’s appearance, but the ground underneath the house formed part of a former chalk mine which had since been filled in.
It is thought the recent heavy rain could have caused earth to subside, creating the hole.
Phil Conran, stepfather of the car’s owner, told the Daily Mail: “At 7am my daughter went out the front door and instead of her car being there, there was a huge hole.
“I was gobsmacked. The first thing I did was phone the police because we didn't know what to do.
“We weren't absolutely sure the car was in there but it seemed too much of a coincidence for it not to be.”
A Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Firefighters were called to a sinkhole, which swallowed a parked car in the driveway of a house in Main Road, Walter's Ash. Firefighters placed a cordon around it and gave safety advice,” reported The Guardian.
"The incident was handed over to building control at Wycombe district council. Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour."
Wycombe district council is now determining the next steps to take in filling the hole and ensuring the structural integrity of surrounding buildings.
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February 3, 2014