Tuesday 20 August 2019

Giant sinkhole opens on residential street to expose 20-foot deep disused coal mine

Locals say the crater appeared without warning. Photo: Twitter/@TheSharminator
Locals say the crater appeared without warning. Photo: Twitter/@TheSharminator

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Part of a residential street in Newcastle, England has been swallowed up by an enormous sinkhole measuring 20 feet in diameter and is 20-30 feet deep.

The huge crater appeared suddenly this morning in Craster Square in Gosforth, Newcastle, exposing a disused coal mining works.

No injuries were reported, however a car became trapped on its driveway.

There is currently no access to the street while officials are working to make it safe.

Gosforth resident, Leah O’Malley (20) told the Newcastle Chronicle that when she emerged from her flat this morning she met a lady who was concerned about the "state of the ground".

“I went back inside and came back out later to find that the huge hole had appeared.

"I was absolutely shocked.

“A fire engine and police officers turned up and this lady was shaking.

"She said she was worried about falling into the sinkhole and it was a shock to find the ground collapsed.

“We are all wondering why this has happened," Leah said.

Meanwhile, other local people took the news more lightheartedly.

Daniel Stewart (25) who lives on the street, told the newspaper:

“I was at work - you never expect to hear about something like this in your own street.

“I was hoping it might bring my rent down," he quipped.

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