Horror as two men 'boiled alive' after car plunges into red-hot sinkhole

Mirror Online 3 weeks ago

Two men have been "boiled alive" after a sinkhole suddenly opened up beneath their car and swallowed up the vehicle with the pair trapped inside.

The incident in a car park in the Russian city of Penza shocked locals, as it emerged a burst hot water pipe may be to blame for the tragedy.

Father-of-three Vladimir Valyalkin, 49, was driving in a Lada with Igor Chikasov, 53, in a car park in Penza when the sinkhole suddenly appeared.

Local reports say the men died instantly.

It happened so quickly there was no chance to rescue the pair, witnesses said.

One of the victims Vladimir Valyalkin, 49

Footage taken just seconds after the incident shows steam rising from the crater of 75C water after the car plunged in.

A burst hot water pipe is believed to be the reason for the appalling accident but a preliminary criminal investigation is underway.

Water company T Plus promised to pay compensation to the families of the dead men and meet the costs of their funerals.

Earlier distressing pictures showed bodies of the men being lifted by crane from the 75C water alongside wreckage of their Lada Largus car.

The car is pulled from the still-steaming sinkhole

In Russia hot water is piped to work and residential buildings for heating during the severe winters

The local Ministry of Emergencies said: “A car fell as a result of the ground collapsing.
“Sadly people were killed.”

A journalist from Penza Vzglyad local news website said:“Another car drove over the same spot minutes before the accident.

Two men were killed in the horror

“The driver noticed ground beginning to steam - and quickly drove off.  

“Then these two men came.

“They parked - and the asphalt collapsed right under them.”

Local people expressed anger on social media over the horror.

The victims were colleagues in a furniture-making business, according to Russian reports.

Valyalkin had an adult daughter and two younger children aged nine and seven, said colleague Alexander Antipov.

He was a keen angler who had served in a Russian army tank unit.

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