Elderly Driver Pulled From Car After Getting Into Worksop | UK News

A huge hole in the ground opened up on a busy street and swallowed a car, prompting police to close the street. See SWNS story SWLNsink. The car remained wedged in the sinkhole with its front wheel jammed, but incredibly no one was hurt. Road users on Carlton Road, Worksop, Notts., were forced to drive around the large sinkhole after it opened at 9am on Saturday morning. Police were forced to close the road after the elderly Skoda Fabia driver accidentally pinched his car. Locals said the area is prone to accidental holes forming as the road is being built on top of an old drain. Russell Gull, the owner of Res Barbers, helped the trapped driver out of his sunken car.

Locals said the man was “okay” and “seemed just a little shaken” (Image: Russell Gull / SWNS)

An elderly man had to be helped out of his car after a hole in the ground opened up on a busy street.

Pictures from the scene at Carlton Road in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, show the vehicle trapped in a gap that opened in the middle of the road around 9am on Saturday.

Miraculously, no one was hurt even though the police had to block the road.

Russell Gull, owner of nearby Res Barbers, was one of the locals who helped the man out of the sunken vehicle.

Mr Gull said: “The first thing that caught my eye was a man warning us of a pothole.

“One car went around, but the next just went straight and dived right into it.”

He added: “We helped the guy, he was older but seemed okay just a little shaken up.”

The road is said to be prone to sinkholes as it was built over an old drainage system.

In early April, footage revealed the horrific moment a car carrying two children got trapped in another such hole in Russia.

The white SUV was swallowed by a hole in the ground that had opened outside of St. Petersburg and was filled with boiling hot water from a pipe that ruptured under the road, causing it to collapse.

The driver and his 10-year-old son were said to have suffered burns, according to local press, although the other child was believed to be unharmed.

A few weeks earlier, a Hertfordshire woman described how she feared she might drown after falling into another 10ft depression – which she mistook for a puddle – in Watford.

Woman jumps in puddle but it's actually a 10 foot sinkhole

Laura Gerber was “massively injured” after stepping into a 10ft sinkhole, believing it was a puddle (Image: Facebook/Laura Gerber)

Laura Gerber told the Watford Observer: “I backed up to let someone else out of the car and fell straight into a sinkhole.

“I hit my back on the way down and hurt myself badly.”

She added: “After gasping underwater and managing to stay afloat to some extent, I managed to gain strength and pull myself up.

“All I thought in those moments was this is the end.”

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Justin Scaccy

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