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London 'Sinkhole': Woman Falls Into Hole in Sidewalk

By    |   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 07:54 PM

A woman fell into a 3-foot-wide sinkhole in west London that opened up in a sidewalk on Thursday morning, sustaining minor injuries.

The Independent reported the woman apparently skirted a temporary blockade of chairs that had been set up after the pavement started collapsing in front of the Marraketch café in Fulham.

"The woman fell down and they went down to the basement to get her,” a witness told the London Evening Standard. “The pavement collapsed earlier so they had put the tables and chairs around the hole to stop people walking near it.”

It was initially reported that the woman was pushing a stroller, primarily from social media postings, but it was determined the woman was pushing a grocery cart.

George Osman, who owns a nearby Fish and Chips cafe, told the Standard that a man fell into the hole first. That’s when the makeshift barrier was put up to keep people out.

“I was coming from home to work. I parked the car and as I stopped, I saw the guy fall. The next minute I picked him up. I asked if he wanted to go to hospital but he said he was all right,” Osman said. “I called the cafe staff to come out and they blocked off the pavement with chairs. Then I heard the woman fell."

One woman who posted a photo of the hole on Instagram wrote, “It just happened! Loud scream and all i could see was the pram. Ambulance and fire on way to get her out. Scary. V v scary.”



The BBC reported that another sinkhole, this one about 8 feet across, opened up in a Northampton roadway Thursday, apparently just after a car drove over the road.

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