Driver shock as Volvo C30 became trapped in four-foot-deep pothole

York road gave way following sewer collapse causing extensive damage to owner's Volvo

Driver shock as Volvo C30 became trapped in four-foot-deep pothole
The road opened up in March and Yorkshire Water has apologised to the driver for the damage done to his car.

A motorist was left shocked after his car hit a four-foot-deep pothole in a residential street in York.

Grant Parker was driving down the road when the road collapsed and the front portion of his Volvo C30 disappeared into the void.

He said: “I was driving down the street and all of a sudden the car just sank down and went into a hole.

“It did some damage to the car, and I’m still waiting for the insurance to deal with it.

“The whole car dropped at one side”

“There was just a little mark in the road, and as I went over it, the whole car dropped at one side.

“I got out and thought it was unbelievable.

“You could see a tunnel under the road.

“I actually got in the hole, it went right down and you could see right under the road.”

Grant reversed his car out and took it to a garage for repairs and has said he has already spent £200 having work done to repair the vehicle and is yet to hear whether his insurance will cover the cost.

Vehicle repairs

A City of York Council spokesman said the hole was the result of a sewer collapse.

Workers from Yorkshire Water, which is responsible for York’s sewage system, have now filled the hole in.

A spokeswoman for City of York Council said ‘liability will not be with City of York Council’.

The spokeswoman said an insurance claim had been received but that it would be redirected to officials at Yorkshire Water.

A Yorkshire Water spokesman said: “We carried out sewer repair work on Granville Terrace on April 5 and completed it on April 12.

“We are sorry to hear Mr Parker damaged his vehicle whilst the road surface was damaged and we repaired the road as quickly as possible once we were notified of the issue on April 3.

“In circumstances like this it is the insurance companies who resolve any claims.”

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