Toyota Prius falls into sinkhole following Storm Ciara


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A Toyota Prius got trapped in a sinkhole in Essex, England, following the Storm Ciara that erupted in Europe. Luckily no one was hurt.

A car fell into a huge sinkhole in Essex, England following Storm Ciara, which erupted in Europe earlier in the last week.


The Toyota Prius fell into the sinkhole following a wild wind, the Storm Ciara, that swept through Europe

Six homes on Hatch Road, Brentwood, where the car fell into the sinkhole, were evacuated after the Toyota Prius became stuck in the sinkhole in the early hours of Monday morning.

The fire service called to the scene said they received reports of a sewer partly collapsing but they're unaware of the cause of the sinkhole. gathered the fire crews worked at the scene for two hours.

A resident living next to the scene, Gordon Humphrey, narrated that his wife heard a loud noise, then came out and saw the trapped car.

He said,

You could hear the water bubbling, see the tail lights and there was a smell of gas.


The car was trapped inside the sinkhole

Reports are yet to confirm if the car was in motion when the incident happened or whether someone was inside.

A spokesperson for Anglian Water said,

We are working with other utilities [water and gas] plus the local police to assess if any of our pipes have been damaged.

Another resident, Mr. Humphrey stated he saw someone sitting in front of the car "trying to find something”, with the water almost at the level of the seats and believes he wasn't the driver.

Stephanie Lloyd, a nearby resident told local news she was woken up around 2;00 GMT by flashlights from emergency vehicles.

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She said,

at first, all we could see was the back of that car so it look like it had been cut in half before being told by a firefighter it was a sinkhole.


Luckily, no one was hurt


The car was later pulled out from the huge sinkhole

Video: Storm Ciara's wild weather opens up a dangerous sinkhole

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