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16. 05. 14. - 14:33
16. 05. 14. - 14:33
This is the moment that driver Pavel Yakounevich got that sinking feeling in the Russian city known as sinkhole city. He was at the wheel of his lorry in the city of Samara, in western Russia, when the ground gave way beneath the wheels of his truck and he realised he was going nowhere fast. A knight of the road, Pavel, 42, stopped to let a Jeep pass him on a narrow stretch of road. And a dashboard camera of a vehicle behind him captured what happened next. Ivan Banoumin, 37, who was driving behind the truck, said: "As the Jeep came past his lorry I suddenly noticed that the truck seemed to be getting lower. I thought at first that maybe he had suffered some tyre blowouts. "But then I realised it couldn't be affecting all the wheels. Then I noticed that the entire truck itself was sinking into the ground! It was like watching an Indiana Jones movie." He rushed out of his car and helped Pavel out of his cab. Pavel said: "It was baffling. Just at this spot and just my truck, sucked into the ground." Police and emergency vehicles from Samara raced to the scene near the Volga River. The Russian city hit the headlines this time last year when sinkholes became a daily reality for residents, appearing around the city and claiming at least one life. It is thought the gaping holes suddenly appear after winter as ice thaws and melts into the ground. This excess water then leads to soil decaying underneath the road, which is what police believe may have happened to Pavel's truck. The truck was winched out and given a rinsing down. No-one was hurt in the mishap.
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