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Amazing moment huge sinkhole swallows £560,000 Rolls Royce supercar as shocked owner looks on

Mirror logo Mirror 03/10/2017 Jane Lavender

Credits: AsiaWire © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: AsiaWire This is the amazing moment a huge sinkhole swallowed a £560,000 Rolls Royce supercar. 

The horrified owner was forced to climb out of the window of his luxury motor as it was dragged into the ground.

Thankfully, the motorist was not injured in the bizarre incident, but it's safe to say his car is a total write-off.

Credits: AsiaWire © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: AsiaWire The bizarre accident happened on the streets of Harbin, capital of north-eastern China’s Heilongjiang Province, where the driver had been waiting at a set of traffic lights.

He said: "I waited at a red light, and as soon as it it turned green and I set off, the road caved in."

Credits: AsiaWire © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: AsiaWire His Rolls-Royce then fell front first into the six-foot deep sinkhole, which was also six feet wide.

The motorist managed to open the driver’s side window and climb out as others car steered clear of the fragile road surface.

The sinkhole affected no other vehicles, swallowing only his Rolls-Royce on the day in a truly unfortunate accident.

Credits: AsiaWire © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: AsiaWire Local authorities later helped sealed off the section of road and hoist his Rolls-Royce out.

Harbin police did not say what they believe caused the sinkhole.

The Rolls-Royce owner did not say whether his car was insured for such accident - or whether he would be demanding damages from the Harbin government.

Credits: AsiaWire © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: AsiaWire

What is a sinkhole?

- A sinkhole is a hole in the ground caused by a collapse of the surface layer

- Most are caused by the dissolution of rocks

- They can be formed over time or appear suddenly

- The Blue Hole in Africa includes an archway that leads out to the Red Sea and is 130metres deep

- The huge Boesmansgat sinkhole in South Africa is a massive 290metres deep

- The spectacular Great Blue Hole in Belize is a massive 407 feet deep

- One of the deepest sinkholes in the world is in Pozzo del Merro near Rome and is a massive 1,300 feet deep.

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