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The earth moved... Car swallowed up by London sinkhole

Published: 12 May 2016

► Vauxhall Zafira swallowed by hole
► Rare sinkhole in London street
► Opened up overnight 

One Londoner awoke to the shock of their lives this morning - to find their sensible Vauxhall people carrier had been swallowed by a sinkhole.

The chasm opened up overnight in Woodland Terrace in Greenwich, south-east London, gobbling up the Zafira MPV.

How a Zafira disappeared into the ground

The Zafira belonged to Ghazi Hassan. His brother, Abdul Ahmadzai, who said: 'He left it here last night after he came round with his wife. I woke up very surprised. The police were here about 4am so I came outside and saw the car – they said it was in a hole.

'I thought “There’s nothing I can do” and went back to sleep.'

Police cordoned off the sinkhole while authorities determine the cause of the collapse.

Click here to read about how a series of historic Corvettes were swallowed up by a giant sinkhole in the US National Corvette Museum.

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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