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Taxi plunges into Palm Jumeirah sinkhole in Dubai

Driver rescued after cab swallowed by sinkhole caused by burst pipe

Dubai's Palm Jumeirah, the scene of an unexpected swim for one local taxi driver on Wednesday morning. Photo: Getty
Dubai's Palm Jumeirah, the scene of an unexpected swim for one local taxi driver on Wednesday morning. Photo: Getty

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A taxi driver got the surprise of his life on Tuesday when his cab plunged in to a sinkhole full of water on the exclusive man-made Palm Jumeirah island development in Dubai.

The hole, which measured 3m across and was about 1.5m deep, opened up between buildings six and seven in the Golden Mile when an underground water pipe ruptured. The driver, apparently, didn’t see the water-filled hole– and drove right in to it. The cab sunk, and the driver had to be hauled free of his stricken car by Dubai Police rescue squad members.

Workers from Wade Adams were on site repairing the damage, and told witnesses that it should be repaired by Thursday morning.

Ahmad Fanari, a Wade Adams engineer, told reporters from The National newspaper, "The Palm is built on sand, and where the pipe burst, the sand was washed away, weakening the roadway. The area was flooded so the sinkhole was not visible.

"The driver would have had no way to know he was driving into a hole. He must have thought that the road surface was just wet."

 

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