Fulham woman injured in street sinkhole fall

It is understood the woman - who has not been identified - was heard screaming before she vanished into the ground in south west London.  Picture: SWNS
It is understood the woman - who has not been identified - was heard screaming before she vanished into the ground in south west London. Picture: SWNS
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A WOMAN was taken to hospital after she disappeared with a shopping trolley into a hole which opened up in a busy high street.

Passers-by said they heard a loud scream and turned round to see the woman had fallen down the hole outside a cafe in Fulham, west London.

Locals and cafe staff rushed outside to help the woman, who stumbled into the 3ft (1m) wide crevice just before 9am this morning.

It came shortly after a man fell down the hole and twisted his ankle, locals said.

The area around the hole had been blocked off with tables and chairs early this morning in an attempt to stop passers-by walking into it, stall holders said.

But despite shouts by cafe staff, the woman is said to have squeezed through the chairs and fallen down the hole.

A flower stall owner, who asked not to be named, said: “A man came running out of the cafe.

“The hole had been blocked off with tables and chairs but she had squeezed through and went straight down.

“She didn’t have a pram or a buggy, it was a shopping trolley.

“The shop owner was shouting out to her ‘Don’t come through there’.

“We looked over and she was down, all the way down the hole. She had walked onto it and it had collapsed beneath her.”

He and other stall holders dashed over to help the woman, who is believed to be in her 40s.

The stall holder said: “The gentleman came out of the cafe to help her. He was really, really worried.

“By then we were all over there talking to the woman as she was getting up.

“It looked like more bricks could fall on her so we were telling her to get out.

“She was shaky standing up and then went into the cafe.”

Kate Sissons posted pictures of the hole in the ground on her Instagram account and wrote: “OMG! Poor woman and pram just disappeared down this hole on North End Rd. She’s stuck down there.”

She added: “It just happened! Loud scream and all I could see was the pram. Ambulance and fire on way to get her out. Scary. V v (sic) scary.”

Another stall holder, who asked not to be named, said: “I saw a man fall down the hole first.

“He didn’t go all the way down, but he looked like he had twisted his ankle. He was hobbling afterwards. That was at around 8.30am.”

An ambulance and police rushed to the scene.