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Huge sewer sinkhole swallows tanker outside school

Thames Water tanker swallowed up by sinkhole in Wokingham

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A tanker has plunged into a huge sewer sinkhole which has opened up outside a school. 

Evendons Lane in Wokingham, Berkshire, is currently shut to traffic after the road beneath the Thames Water vehicle collapsed.

Thames Water has said the road is expected to remain shut to traffic for “some time”, reports Berkshire Live.

A spokesperson for the company said: “One of our tankers has unfortunately become stuck in a sinkhole in Evendons Lane.

“A decision has been taken not to open the nearby Evendons Primary School on Monday, and the road is likely to remain shut for some time.

“A traffic diversion is in place in the meantime.

“We’re really sorry for the disruption this will be causing to residents and motorists, and to parents and children who’d normally be visiting the school.

“We’re working with Wokingham Borough Council to reduce the impact where possible.”

A Wokingham Borough Council spokesperson said: “Evendons Lane, Wokingham remains closed due to sewer leaks undermining the road outside of Evendons Primary resulting in a tanker becoming stuck.

“Access to properties & businesses west of the school is via Edneys Hill only.”

Thames Water has said the road is expected to remain shut to traffic for “some time”, reports Berkshire Live.

A spokesperson for the company said: “One of our tankers has unfortunately become stuck in a sinkhole in Evendons Lane.

“A decision has been taken not to open the nearby Evendons Primary School on Monday, and the road is likely to remain shut for some time.

“A traffic diversion is in place in the meantime.

“We’re really sorry for the disruption this will be causing to residents and motorists, and to parents and children who’d normally be visiting the school.

“We’re working with Wokingham Borough Council to reduce the impact where possible.”

It comes as a motorcyclist was swallowed up by a 20ft sinkhole ealier this year.

The man narrowly escaped after he fell into the London sinkhole while attempting to jump it with his bike.

According to residents who witnessed the failed stunt, the man, who fell eight feet into the hole, climbed out and told them he needed a taxi before leaving on foot.

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