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Gillingham road deemed unstable after Gallagher Group lorry falls down a sinkhole

24 March 2014
by Lynn Cox
This is the huge hole left in a road after the back of a tipper truck fell down a sinkhole in Gillingham.
 
The hole appeared on Medway Road as it meets Prince Arthur Road, near MidKent College, this morning at about 8.15am and all four wheels on the back of the lorry have fallen down it. 
 
The vehicle, which was stuck in the gap at a 45 degree angle, is thought to be a hired vehicle being leased by the Gallagher Group, a civil engineering business based in Kent.
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The road after the lorry was removed. Picture Nathan Wyatt

The road after the lorry was removed. Picture: Nathan Wyatt

 
The lorry's wheels have been swallowed up by the hole

The lorry's wheels have been swallowed up by the hole

Picture by Nathan Wyatt

Picture by Nathan Wyatt

This lorry was going nowhere... after being swallowed up by the sinkhole

This lorry was going nowhere... after being swallowed up by the sinkhole

Lorry falls down sinkhole in Brompton

Lorry falls down sinkhole in Brompton

 
The driver of the truck was able to get out of his lorry without injuring himself, but police had to close the road.
 
 
 
Video: The aftermath of the sinkhole opening
 
A police spokesman said: “The road is thought to be unstable and has been closed to all traffic.”
 
Traffic was diverted along Mill Road, to Brompton Road until the truck could be moved. 
 
A HGV lorry with a crane on the back lifted the vehicle out from the gap while highways engineers assessed the damage. 
 
Police said they hoped at least one carriageway of the road would reopen this afternoon.  

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