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PICTURES: Gloucester removals company truck sinks into 'quicksand' road

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

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A GLOUCESTER removals company had a sinking feeling when they turned for a job in Cheltenham.

Advanced Removals saw the wheel of their truck gradually sink into the Leckhampton road – as if it was quicksand.

The truck’s front left wheel sank several inches into the road and got stuck as the removals company were helping someone move home.

Mechanics were called out help the trapped truck get back on the road.

The strange phenomenon took place during the sunshine earlier this month and the hot weather is believed to be the cause.

Mechanics and company director, Geoff Hartwell, believe the bizarre spectacle was down to the road surface being made of sand-based Cotswold limestone, which became soft after being heated up in the sunshine.

The lorry then parked on the precise spot where the road had an air pocket underneath so the tyre acted as crust.

Mr Hartwell joked that it could show that Cheltenham was built on sand.

He said: “We called out the extra manpower to make sure the house move wasn’t further delayed but seeing one of our trucks stuck into the road was an unusual sight.

“This is the first time this has ever happened in our experience and we have been doing house removals for thirty years.”

For more information about the firm visit www.advanced-removals.co.uk/

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  • Kay_Powell  |  April 25 2014, 8:55PM

    "...the hot weather is believed to be the cause." Not the excessive rain that we had for months, then? This hole is basically a small sink-hole. It had nothing to do with the warm weather - the hole was simply there and the heavy vehicle happened to park on it, so it sank.

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