This was the scene after a pavement collapsed in Great Yarmouth, leaving a road sweeper trapped in a hole.

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Neighbours along Northgate Street reported being woken up after the pavement suddenly gave way early this morning while the sweeper was making its way down the footway. The vehicle dropped into the hole and was left stuck in the pavement at an angle.

The driver reportedly had to be helped out of the sweeper but was not injured.

Gordon Laird, who lives opposite the site, said he woke up at around 8am to see the sweeper being recovered.

“When I got out of bed there was a big lorry outside my house with a crane on it, picking it out of the pavement. I didn’t know what was going on,” he added.

Highway workers from Norfolk County Council are currently on the scene, by the entrance to Northgate Hospital, and have set up traffic lights so they can investigate what caused the pavement to subside.

Nigel Seago, Highways Area Manager, said: “Initial investigations indicate the subsoil below the pavement in this section of Northgate Street has been washed away.

“It is too early to pinpoint exactly what has happened here but once we have removed the paving slabs and undertaken further explorations we will have a clearer idea.

“Temporary traffic controls will be in place until the problem is fixed and the footway can be returned to normal use.”

Pedestrians are being diverted into the road to walk round the collapse.

13 comments

  • Wes, those machines are designed for both road and pavement use.

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    DT

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Well i am glad no one was injured. The Pavements are a shocking state in Yarmouth!. will say this in jest though, i thought it was Road sweeping not pavement sweeping :)

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    Gorlmouth

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • It is road sweeping but due to all the park cars I'm sure that the sweeper was doing his very best to try and clean our streets. In fairness he has probably been going over that piece of pavement for years but now since the work has been done it is caused a weakening.

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    newsgirl

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Glad your dad is ok. I rang Norfolk county council 2 yrs ago regarding the paths on Northgate Street after my daughter tripped over one of the many un even slabs and cut her head open

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    trolley

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • if you haven't got anything nice to say then say nothing at all

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    Sabrina London

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • If these heavy vehicles are being driven along pavements then this has got to be a cause of slabs becoming uneven and showing cracks around the town. Pavement slabs are only laid on thin layer of sand and surely not mean't to be driven on by vehicles. Mobility scooters will be running the gauntlet now down Northgate street.

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    vegas

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Have you got no respect? That is my dad who you are calling overweight. He is fine by the way.

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    Sabrina London

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Yeah that road and pavement has had a sweeper go along it for years but everyone is probably sound asleep still as it is done around 5-6.30am time.

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    Sabrina London

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Lucky for the driver and glad he was not injured, as for the hole council officials are looking into it along with three holding a shovel, one drinking tea and another to say how it could have happened, now let us guess how long it will take to get repaired.

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    loco

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Trolley - did you daughter sue them, you are entitled to sue the council if she can prove it -was because of faulty paving, especially if the un-even slab was sticking up or sunken by higher than 12 an inch.

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    Spooky

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • yeah that's very true but you could say the same about roads and buses. At least no one was injured and the path hasn't been good since it was redone when the sewer work was done. I've seen people trip up alot on that path

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    Sabrina London

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Just ignore the narrow minded comment of Wes1975. The main thing is that your Dad is safe. Some people simply have nothing better to do or comment on.

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    newsgirl

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Lol. “Initial investigations indicate the subsoil below the pavement in this section of Northgate Street has been washed away. You don't say, what a genius that bloke is.

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    Cynic

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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