Sinkhole swallows family car in Buckinghamshire


High Wycombe sinkhole

A family in Buckinghamshire are in shock after their car disappeared overnight down a 30ft deep sinkhole which opened up in the driveway of their house.

Firefighters were called to the property in Main Road, Walter's Ash, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, at 8.32am yesterday where they found the hole which is 15ft in diameter, reports the Press Association.

High Wycombe sinkhole

The Volkswagen Lupo was at the bottom of the hole, covered in mud.

A Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said:

"Firefighters were called to a sinkhole (30ft deep, 15ft diameter) which swallowed a parked car in the driveway of a house in Main Road, Walter's Ash.

According to the Daily Mail, the car belongs to Zoe Smith, 19. Her stepfather Phil Conran told the paper: "We hadn't heard anything at all. There was no indication whatsoever.

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.

Mr Conran said the police called firefighters to the house to secure the area. Watch manager Stuart Grosse told The Daily Mail: "We get a few calls of this nature, mainly in the south of the county. Historically, holes have appeared in the area due to clay mining."

Sinkhole Swallows Family Car

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