Is this Britain’s worst pothole? Two road engineers discover a 2ft ‘knee deep’ crater in the road
- Matthew Pannhausen, 36, was heading to work with colleague Dean Dunhill, 34
- They noticed the shockingly deep pothole and decided to go inspect it further
- Mr Pannhausen was able to stick the length of his leg, up to his knee, in the hole
- East Riding of Yorkshire Council said they were out yesterday morning to fix it
A pair of road engineers were shocked when they stumbled across a knee-deep pothole — which has been named as Britain’s worst ever.
Matthew Pannhausen, 36, was on his way to work with colleague, Dean Dunhill, 34, when they heard about the shockingly deep pothole from a friend.
Deciding to check out the crater for themselves, the duo took an alternate route and found the enormous 2ft deep hollow on Seaton Road, Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire.
And despite the pothole making for some hilarious photographs, Matthew claims that he was worried that the 500ml deep pothole could cause fatal incidents.
Matthew Pannhausen stopped and used his phone to take a snap of Dean Dunhill standing knee-deep in the crater
Matthew, from North Frodingham, Yorkshire, said: ‘I’d seen the pothole on my friend’s Snapchat, and knew we had to check it out’. Pictured: Dean Dunhill
East Riding Council claim that they are working on repairing the pothole, and hope it will be fixed by tomorrow.
Matthew, from North Frodingham, Yorkshire, said: ‘I’d seen the pothole on my friend’s Snapchat, and knew we had to check it out.
‘So when me and Dean were on the way to work we decided to stop off and have a look for ourselves.
‘It seemed to have got worse by the time we got there and when Dean had a look, he decided to see how deep it was with his leg.
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‘We were shocked when he got in and the hole was knee-high, it was crazy how deep a pothole could get.
‘It’s worrying as the pothole definitely could’ve been a killer and could cause a lot of accidents.
‘This is definitely Britain’s worst pothole.’
Mr Dunhill added: ‘I only put my knee in to see how deep the hole was, but the hole was actually even deeper when we looked in there.
Matthew and Dean are road engineers meaning they fix potholes for a living, so the irony of spotting the shocking crater was not lost on them
A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said the pothole appeared because a surface water culvert had collapsed. File photo
‘It was wide, so it was very easy to pull my leg in and out of the hole.
‘I was very shocked at how deep it was as it’s very dangerous – I think there needs to be more done to keep the roads in good condition.’
Matthew and Dean are road engineers meaning they fix potholes for a living, so the irony of spotting the shocking crater was not lost on them.
A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: ‘The hole which has appeared in the road surface on Seaton Road, Hornsea, near the junction with Bewholme Lane, has been caused by a collapsed surface water culvert.
‘Our highways team was made aware of the hole this morning [WEDS] by one of our emergency officers and we made the road safe by installing temporary traffic lights at the site and beginning investigation works today.
‘We are hoping to complete the culvert and road repairs by the end of Thursday this week, hopefully keeping the road open, under traffic signals, while the work is carried out.’
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