A motorcyclist fell into a sinkhole that opened on a residential road in south-east London – but apparently escaped without serious injuries after trying to “jump” it at the last minute.
Locals said the road on Martens Avenue in Bexleyheath began to crack and collapsed at 9pm on Tuesday.
The video showed the motorcycle still in the hole, and Darren – who chose not to give his full name – said the rider had a “lucky escape”.
“It happened right outside my house and no one was fortunately injured as far as I know, but the person on the bike got away with a lucky escape,” he said.
“He left the scene before the emergency services arrived.
“It has been quite exciting, but also scary, as we have been informed that we may have to be evacuated if things progress.”
Mark Joynes, 38, told KentOnline he saw the seven-meter-long gorge as he turned onto the road, but the motorcyclist was not so lucky.
“Obviously he did not see the hole. He tried to jump it, but the bike ended up in the hole. The guy then ran away,” he said.
Liam Edwards, 25, said there was a “massive thump” when the road collapsed.
“I saw that there was a motorcycle inside it and I was talking to one of the neighbors right next to it and (he said) he had moved his van only five minutes before, otherwise it would have been in the hole too, ” he said.
“No one was hurt, even though it was a scary experience for those who lived opposite.”
The road remained closed to vehicles and pedestrians Tuesday, and locals said Thames Water staff were on the scene.
A sinkhole is usually created by erosion caused by frequent exposure to water.