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Brentwood, England, sinkhole: Car falls into hole and homes evacuated

A car has fallen into a sinkhole in Essex and six homes have had to be evacuated due to "unstable ground".

The Toyota Prius became trapped in Hatch Road, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, after the collapse early on Monday.

The fire service said there had been reports a sewer had partially collapsed but the exact cause of the sinkhole is not yet known.

Fire crews worked for more than two hours at the scene before handing over to Anglian Water.

Gordon Humphrey, who lives next to the sinkhole, said his wife heard a "bang" and then they saw the car.

"You could hear the water bubbling, see the tail lights and there was a smell of gas," the 60-year-old said.
 
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