Essex

Lorry left stranded as 10ft sinkhole opens up in Grays

Sinkhole underneath lorry Image copyright Lewis Smith
Image caption The sinkhole opened up on Hogg Lane, Grays, when a lorry was travelling down the road

A lorry has been left straddling a 10ft (3m) wide sinkhole over a gas main in Essex.

The hole opened up as the vehicle was travelling down Hogg Lane in Grays at about 12:40 BST, a fire service spokesman said.

A 656ft (200m) hazard zone has been set up around the affected area. No one was trapped in the lorry but the smell of gas has been reported.

Essex Police and Thurrock Council officers are also at the scene.

Firefighters reported the hole exposed two gas pipes on either side of the road, and gas company officials had been called.

Lewis Smith, who works at a nearby Ford car dealership, said he and his colleagues "shot out and had a quick look" before the road was cordoned off.

He estimated the sinkhole could be up to 20ft (6m) deep.

Image copyright Lewis Smith
Image caption Emergency services are at the scene of the sinkhole and an exclusion zone has been set up

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