Shocked driver, 24, escapes unharmed after his car falls into a sinkhole on a

Shocked driver, 24, escapes unharmed after his car falls into a sinkhole on a quiet suburban Melbourne street

  • A burst water main opened up a large sinkhole in a suburban street in Melbourne
  • A driver of a white Toyota was lucky to escape unharmed as his car began to sink
  • Police were at the scene on Monday morning, ensuring other drivers keep clear

A driver scrambled to get out of his car on Monday after it suddenly fell into a sinkhole.

A burst water main opened up the large sinkhole on Gardenvale Road, in Melbourne, at 6.20am.

A white Toyota became partially submerged, but the driver, 24, managed to escape unharmed.

A burst water main opened up the large sinkhole on Gardenvale Road, in Melbourne, at 6.20am 

A burst water main opened up the large sinkhole on Gardenvale Road, in Melbourne, at 6.20am 

Emergency crews remain at the scene.

Sinkholes have been reported in Melbourne previously, with a dangerous hole swallowing three lanes in Caulfield North in 2015.

Another sinkhole incident saw three cars engulfed in asphalt on a Port Melbourne street in December 2014.

A white Toyota was partially submerged in the sinkhole but the driver, 24, managed to escape unharmed

A white Toyota was partially submerged in the sinkhole but the driver, 24, managed to escape unharmed

A month earlier, a 53-year-old woman was rescued from a sinkhole that opened up in the backyard of a property in Springvale, east of Melbourne, while she was hanging up her washing. 

After swimming in the sinkhole for half-an-hour, she managed to attract the attention of her neighbours, who called 000.

The woman was not injured by the incident. 

The holes are often caused by water seeping through the road’s surface and into the earth below.