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Car in sinkhole 'was being driven'

A car fell into a sinkhole in Essex
Ricci Fothergill

It is believed that the car that fell into a sinkhole in Essex was being driven when the hole opened up, although the driver is said to have escaped uninjured.

Gordon Humphrey, who lives nearby, told the PA news agency he and his wife heard a bang.

He told the Press Association they initially believed a fence panel had popped out, before seeing a car in the hole.

"You could hear the water bubbling, see the taillights and there was a smell of gas," he said.

Mr Humphrey said his wife Lesley, 59, called the emergency services and they were told to leave their house before it was later declared safe to return.

The fire service said they made the scene safe by about 04:00 GMT before handing the scene over to Anglian Water.

Anglian Water said it was working out whether any of its pipes had been damaged.

Car falls into Essex sinkhole

A car fell into a sinkhole in Essex
BBC
It has not been confirmed if anyone was in the vehicle at the time it dropped into the sinkhole

A car has fallen into a sinkhole in Essex and six homes have been evacuated due to "unstable ground".

The car became trapped in Hatch Road, Pilgrims Hatch after the collapse in the early hours of Monday.

The fire service said there had been reports a sewer had partially collapsed but the exact cause of the sinkhole is not yet known.

Fire crews worked for more than two hours at the scene before handing over to Anglian Water.

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