50ft hole closes motorway section

A 10-mile section of motorway in Kent has been closed in both directions after a huge, 50ft-deep hole appeared in the central reservation.

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Sinkhole swallows car on driveway in Buckinghamshire

A sinkhole measuring 30ft deep has opened up on the driveway of a house, swallowing a parked car in Walter's Ash, Buckinghamshire.

According to Bucks Free Press, watch manager Stuart Grosse said: “We get few calls of this nature, mainly in the south of the county. Historically, holes have appeared in the area due to clay mining.”

Firefighters were called to a sinkhole that was 30ft deep and15ft in diameter. Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Firefighters were called to the incident early this morning, and have since placed a cordon around the house.

The matter has been passed to Wycombe District Council to decide what steps to take next.

The sinkhole swallowed a parked car in the driveway of a house in Main Road, Walter's Ash. Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Massive sinkhole opens in the Peak District

A massive sinkhole has opened over old mine workings in the Peak District.

Local caver Mark Noble who filmed video of the hole told ITV News: "There are old mine workings directly below the sinkhole with huge cavities left, where the old mine was extracting lead centuries ago.

"The modern Milldam Mine is working at a much greater depth in the area of the sinkhole, but its collapse does not appear to have had a great impact on the mine."

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Massive sinkhole swallows three cars in Chicago

A driver was injured when a 40-foot sinkhole swallowed three cars on a residential street in the US city of Chicago today.

Three cars slid into the sinkhole and a fourth was towed from the edge
Three cars slid into the sinkhole and a fourth was towed from the edge Credit: EBU

Witnesses said the man was trying to drive his car around the hole when the road gave way, the Chicago Tribune newspaper reported. He suffered minor head injuries.

The sinkhole opened up after a water main broke in the South Deering neighborhood of the city, the paper said.

First look inside sinkhole that swallowed Florida man

The sinkhole in Florida which swallowed up 36-year-old Jeff Bush.
The sinkhole in Florida which swallowed up 36-year-old Jeff Bush. Credit: Reuters

New images have been revealed of the deadly sinkhole that swallowed a man as he slept at his Florida home in the United States.

Jeff Bush, 36, is still missing and presumed dead after his home opened up beneath him in February.

Neighbours have since been asked to relocate after tests revealed a chance of more sinkhole activity.

Read: US sinkhole home demolished

Sinkhole house demolished in Florida

Neighbours and relatives console each other in Tampa, Florida
Neighbours and relatives console each other in Tampa, Florida. Credit: APTN

Neighbours and relatives of a Florida man, who is presumed dead after he was sucked into a sinkhole, have watched the emergency services bulldoze his home in Tampa.

The family of 36-year-old Jeff Bush say they woke up to hear him screaming as a 20-foot sinkhole opened up under his bedroom.

Officials have used specialist listening equipment to try and detect signs of life in the hole, but to no avail.

The bull dozer takes apart the property
The bulldozer takes apart the property. Credit: APTN
Officials say the building needs to be demolished into the hole because of safety concerns
Officials said the building needs to be demolished into the hole because of safety concerns. Credit: APTN
Two neighbouring properties have been evacuated since the floor underneath them is now unstable
Two neighbouring properties have been evacuated since the floor underneath them is now unstable. Credit: APTN
It's not clear if neighbours will be allowed to return to their homes
It's not clear if neighbours will be allowed to return to their homes. Credit: APTN

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US houses near sinkhole evacuated due to weak ground

Two houses nearby the sinkhole that is believed to have killed a man in Florida have been evacuated because it has weakened the ground under them.

Residents will probably will never be allowed inside again, said Jessica Damico of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

Authorities used listening devices and cameras at the scene of the 30-foot (9-metre) wide hole in the ground but detected no signs of life.

There's nothing compatible with life in this situation.

There's no way of possible survival.

Our data has come back, and there is absolutely no way we can do any kind of recovery without endangering lives of workers.

– Jessica Damico of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

Ms Damico said demolition of the home would begin early today.

Read: Hunt ends for US sinkhole man.

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