Two work colleagues stumbled on what at first glance seemed to be a ginormous ‘pothole’ while on their morning commute through the East Riding countryside.
Matthew Pannhausen stopped and used his phone to take a snap of Dean Dunhill standing knee-deep in the crater.
Coincidentally, Matthew and Dean both build roads for a living but were quick to distance themselves from the collapse, which is on Seaton Road in Hornsea.
“We didn’t do this road, honest!” joked Matthew. “I’ve been in the construction game for 20 years and I can tell just by looking at it that it’s a good 800mm deep. It’s deeper around the edges where Dean was able to get his foot in.
“To us, it looks like someone has recently repaired a pothole. It isn’t a temporary patch-up, because a neat piece of Tarmac has been laid. It looked pretty tidy to me. There has obviously been an issue and it’s opened up.”
Matthew had been driving with his friend to a construction site in Wakefield.
‘Funny but dangerous’
“Every car was driving over it,” said Matthew, of North Frodingham near Driffield.
“You would not have wanted to go over it on a motorbike. You would have come off, especially if the rest of the Tarmac had given way.”
Dean added: “I thought it was quite funny, but it’s dangerous.”
Road made safe
In a statement, East Riding Council said: “The hole which has appeared in the road surface on Seaton Road, Hornsea, near the junction with Bewholme Lane, has been caused by a collapsed surface water culvert.
“Our highways team was made aware of the hole this morning by one of our emergency officers and we made the road safe by installing temporary traffic lights at the site and beginning investigation works today (Tuesday).
“We are hoping to complete the culvert and road repairs by the end of Thursday this week, hopefully keeping the road open, under traffic signals, while the work is carried out.”