A huge 20-foot-wide sinkhole swallowed part of a busy street in the West Midlands on Thursday after the canal collapsed below it.
Drivers had to drive around the 20-foot hole that opened when a sewer collapsed on Stafford Street in Walsall, West Midlands on Thursday.
Witnesses said people from nearby companies ran onto the street to prevent vehicles from being swallowed.
Works Council Matt Ward said: “It's absolutely huge. Around quarter to ten I drove down the street and the car went down a bath, it had roared itself.
"It was like a roller coaster, so I contacted the advice. The cars drove down and then up as they drove over them.
"I didn't expect so much to collapse, it's like a huge crater. It looks like a meteor hit him from space.
A huge sinkhole broke open on Thursday in Walsall, West Midlands, and swallowed almost several cars
Motorists narrowly avoided the massive emptiness on Thursday, which according to a work council had left the street as if a "meteor from space" had crashed in Walsall
Pictured: A man examines the depth of the massive sinkhole on a street in Walsall, West Midlands on Thursday
"Fortunately, no one was injured, but if it had happened at a time when the streets were busy, a car would undoubtedly have entered."
Tire company boss Sean Dickenson told how he had to run onto the street to stop a van after realizing the ground was sinking shortly before decay.
He said: “We opened on Monday and found that the road is falling. The cars bounced.
“Day after day it got worse than this morning when we sat here and saw the road sink.
Then the council came and put up a couple of signs that said "slow down."
"We watched the road fall off and suddenly a transit van drowned and I had to run and stop before the road collapsed. He had to dodge the sidewalk."
29-year-old resident Peter Andrews, who lives in the city center, said it was a miracle that no one was seriously injured.
He added: “This is usually a busy route and a few cars have had near misses.
Pictured: Road workers stop the traffic on the main street in Walsall on Thursday to fill the gaping gap on the street
“I'm surprised that the council or the police didn't close the road earlier because you could see it buckling for a few days.
“It is a miracle that no one was injured or killed because it is a main route inside and outside the city that is used by many vehicles.
"I can't believe that such a massive piece of road can collapse just like that, it's pretty scary."
The road remains closed as teams from Severn Trent Water assess the damage and prepare a repair plan that is expected to take at least four weeks to complete.
A company spokesman said: “Our teams have confirmed that the problem was caused by a collapsed sewer under the road that has now been closed to ensure the safety of our teams and drivers.
“We're on our way again this morning to assess the extent of the damage and find out how best to repair both the sewer and the road.
Undated handout photo of a 20 foot sinkhole that opened in the middle of a street in Walsall, West Midlands on Thursday
“At this early stage, it appears to be a very complicated repair that will take at least four weeks.
"We would like to apologize to everyone affected by the closure and reassure them that we will work seven days a week once we have a repair plan in place so that everything returns to normal as soon as possible."
A spokesman for the Walsall Council added: “Our Highways team is taking care of a gap that has opened in Stafford Street in Walsall.
It is believed that the large hole in the roadway was caused by a collapsed sewer.
& # 39; The road is closed to ensure the safety of the traveling public, and Severn Trent is expected to be there today.
& # 39; Traffic is diverted via Leamore Lane, Green Lane and Court Way, and the junctions from the ring road to Stafford Street are closed to traffic going north.
"We ask drivers to also avoid Hospital Street in order to avoid traffic jams and unnecessary delays on their journey."