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Thursday, 12 May 2016
Car falls down huge hole in street in Charlton, London
The blue people carrier was discovered by police outside St Thomas' Church at about 03:20 BST.
Mr Hassan said: "In life you have good days and bad days. This morning wasn't a good day.
"But I'm thankful me or my family wasn't in the car.
"I've told the insurance. They are coming to pick it up and repair it so that's the positive side, and that no-one was injured."
Mr Ghazi's brother, Abdul Ahmadzai, said: "I woke up very surprised. The police were here about 4am so I came outside and saw the car - they said it was in a hole.
"I thought: 'There's nothing I can do' and went back to sleep. I just woke up again now."
Reverend Erica Wooff, the rector of Charlton, who lives next door to the church, said her initial reaction was "Oh my goodness, there's a hole in the road".
"There was a massive storm last night. It has been raining constantly for the past two days but I didn't hear tarmac rip open," she said.
'Resting on pipe'
Resident Cleo O'Kane, 25, said she heard a loud bang during the night.
"It was raining so much I thought it was thunder," she said.
"I woke up and then just went back to sleep - my window was open - then woke up at six this morning, came outside and there was a car in a hole.
She added: "All the car is resting on apparently is a pipe, otherwise it would have disappeared."
The road has been closed near the church due to "subsidence problems", London Buses said.
A police spokesman said no-one had been injured and a cordon was in place.
A council spokesperson said: "Royal Borough of Greenwich officers are on site and are continuing to work closely with Southern Gas Networks, Thames Water and the Police to ensure that the situation is contained.
"We are urgently investigating the matter and will update residents the moment we have more information."
Thames Water said there were engineers at the scene checking whether there is any damage to clean water or sewer pipes.