Huge sinkhole swallows vehicles in Quebec

A huge sinkhole formed Thursday in L'Epiphanie, just east of Montreal.. MAXIME LANDRY/QMI AGENCY

A huge sinkhole formed Thursday in L'Epiphanie, just east of Montreal.. MAXIME LANDRY/QMI AGENCY

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:25 AM ET

L'EPIPHANIE, Que. -- A huge sinkhole opened up next to a road for the second time in three years, swallowing two front-loaders and a dump truck in L'Epiphanie, just east of Montreal.

The ground gave way Thursday evening just a few metres from a residential neighbourhood, but there were no reports of injuries.

The company that owns the dump truck tells QMI Agency that their driver was severely shaken but managed to escape.

Transport Quebec officials descended into to the hole Friday morning to take pictures and decide whether the area is safe.

The department had been trying to reinforce the slope following a landslide that destroyed a house in 2008.

Further to the east in St-Hyacinthe, Que., a family of four was killed in May 2010 when a massive sinkhole swallowed their house.


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