Wholly outrageous: Family flees home after sinkhole swallows car

What is it with all these sinkholes appearing from nowhere. Check out this new one.


A teenager woke up to find her car at the bottom of a hole that had appeared overnight in her family’s driveway.

Zoe Smith, 19, fled to safety with her mother and stepfather after discovering her Volkswagen Lupo – parked right outside the window – had been swallowed up.

The family were left fearing their home could also disappear after the 9m (30ft)-deep hole opened without warning. It may have been caused by heavy rain eroding earth used to fill in old clay pits in Walter’s Ash, Buckinghamshire.

Zoe’s stepfather Phil Conran, a 59-year-old environmental consultant, said: ‘We hadn’t heard anything at all. There was no indication whatsoever.

‘Zoe went out the front door and instead of her car being there, there was a huge hole.’

Firefighters were called at 8.32am yesterday to find that the car had vanished in a hole with a diameter of 15ft. Luckily nobody was…

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