Driver in miracle escape after vehicle falls into sinkhole during Storm Ciara

An unlucky road user had the shock of their life after a sinkhole opened up on a sleepy suburban street during Storm Ciara.

The massive hole appeared on Hatch Road in Brentwood, Essex in the early hours of the morning and a car plunged head first into it.

Emergency services race to rescue the Toyota from the gaping hole first thing but responders decided to until the morning to fish it out.

Local Ollie Watson, 50, stumbled upon the dramatic scene at 2.30am when his "daughter heard a bit of a commotion".

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Mr Watson said he initially thought the fire brigade had cut the car in half but soon realised it was sticking out of a hole.

The 50-year-old said worried neighbours had gathered to watch the scene and thought more of the road might sink.

He said individuals had to “be let through” a cordon to get out of the street and go to work.

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Mr Watson said: “I thought it was a road accident at first.

“We didn’t hear it, our daughter heard a bit of a commotion.

“We then thought that the fire brigade had cut the car in half – but it was actually just sticking out of the hole.

“It’s very unusual.

“My neighbours were out there, and a few people from across the road.

“I imagine that it will sit there for a while, they must be worried about more sinking, I suppose.

“I had to be let through the cordon to go to work this morning.”

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Incredible pictures show the car half in half out of the hole which had been flooded with water due to Storm Ciara.

Workers were snapped inserting a pipe into the muddy hole in a bid to drain it to remove the car.

The car was then lifted with rope from its wheels and hauled onto a truck before being driven away.

The unfortunate accident comes as Storm Ciara blasted parts of the UK with gust in excess of 90mph.

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