Refuse lorry towed from hole in Newbury and man rescued from tarmac in Newcastle
Matthew WeaverFri 6 Jul 2018 16.45 BST
The UK is forecast to bask in hot weather for a third weekend in a row, with temperatures of more than 30C widely predicted, but for some the heatwave is proving too much.
Excessive heat has forced the cancellation of a series of events including pet shows in Halifax and Cheltenham and a lantern festival in Derbyshire. The hot spell has also opened up a number of sinkholes in roads.
A council refuse truck had to be towed out of Old Bath Road in Newbury, Berkshire, after getting submerged in a sinkhole. Veolia, which owns the truck, said none of its crew were hurt in the incident.
In Heaton in Newcastle fire crews were called after a man got his foot stuck in a sinkhole when the the tarmac melted. Tyne and Wear fire and rescue service said the 24-year-old man, who has not been named, had to be freed with a hammer and chisel.
It said the man had been “on his way to buy breakfast when he stepped on some tarmac, lost his footing and went straight through the road … Thankfully he didn’t break his ankle as he was wearing his grandad’s Dr Martens.”
Several local authorities including Hampshire, Cumbria, Kirklees, Cornwall and Lancashire deployed gritters to dust sand on roads as a form of sunscreen for the tarmac.
Jack Cousens, the head of roads policy for the AA, said: “Sinkholes are often associated with persistent rainfall, but this long period of strong sun baking the road network could lead to some sinkholes appearing. As the temperature rises, the soil underneath the road surface can shrink back causing cracks in the tarmac and the possibility of creating sinkholes.