CT woman escapes death after car engulfed by sinkhole

A couple, who witnessed the incident, rushed to the woman's rescue by pulling her out of her car.

A woman narrowly escaped death when her car became engulfed by a sinkhole in Low Road, Wetton on 1 November 2014. Picture: Ayesha Parker

CAPE TOWN - A woman narrowly escaped death when her car fell into a sinkhole in Low Road, Wetton.

Cape Town local Ayesha Parker was driving home one evening when she suddenly felt the road collapse underneath her.

The next moment, her car had sunk deep into the earth and all that surrounded her was gravel.

"I was in a hole and I didn't know I was in a hole. The hole covered the entire car right up to the roof. I was terrified."

A couple, who had witnessed the incident, rushed to Parker's rescue by bravely pulling her out of her car to safety.

"They saw the car disappear into the ground. They just told me to get out immediately. I stood on my seat and they dragged me to safety. As they did that, the car sunk further and immediately started to fill with water."

Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services Ernest Sonnenberg says an investigation shows that a water main had burst which caused a hole to develop. The earth then gradually seeped into it.

The road that was covered by the tar had eventually weakened to the point that it fell into the hole that had been building up for a while.

Sonnenberg says although incidents like this rarely happen in Cape Town, he apologised to Parker who says she is still traumatised by the experience.

He says Parker has to lodge an insurance claim with the City of Cape Town to replace her car.

Pictures courtesy of Ayesha Parker.