Dozens of cars swallowed after road collapses in Florence

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Road collapse plunges parked cars into Florence underwater pipe
Dozens of cars were swallowed up in Florence after a 600ft-section of road collapsed on the banks of the Arno River.

Emergency services were called to the scene after the large section of road gave way. It is thought that the collapse was caused by a burst water pipe underneath the road.

It is reported that the leak washed away soil underneath the tarmac, causing it to collapse.

Florence's Mayor, Dario Nardella, said: "No injuries, but damage – heavy damage. It is a very serious chasm."

The collapse occurred on Lungarno Torrigiani, which sits between Ponte Vecchio and Ponte all Grazie.

As a precaution, residents from two nearby houses were evacuated while emergency services worked to repair the affected section.

Cars parked towards the end of the road not only fell into the collapsed section, but were submerged by flood water that rose up into the area.