Hell on Earth: Huge Unavoidable Highway Pothole
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Now imagine the following scenario. You're driving your newly-acquired Lambo (we're a bit eccentric of course) on a highway and singing with your sweetheart one of your favorite songs. Instantly, a black hole which seems to be a volcano crater calmly rests on the middle of the road and waits for your car to jump into it. The only thing you have to do is to start praying and hope that your beast has what it needs to keep you alive.
And now, the real story (unfortunately, it doesn't differ too much from our very own novel)...
What you're seeing in the adjacent photos is actually a highway. Or better said, it was one. We're not sure whether the huge pothole is indeed the result of a natural phenomenon or just the consequence of the bad way the local government managed the country's budget. But we do know that such a thing is extraordinary dangerous for our lives and leaving the ironic attitude aside, this must not happen on a fast road such as a highway.
The potholes appeared on a Hungarian highway and according to various sources, it led to several accidents, but we still don't know for sure whether it also led to fatalities or not. Obviously, insurance companies across Hungary won't be happy at all to read this story, as the final value of damages per car is probably exceeding several hundreds of euros.
Update: one of our readers informed us that the pothole was a result of flooding from the Cuhai-Bakony stream near Gyoer. There were no serious accidents, just several damaged cars, with the highway being closed soon after the local authorities learned about the incident.
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On 27 May 2010 at 10:02 UTC, tygger said:
hey, you are totally wrong. i am from hungary, this picture was taken from the m1 highway. reason was the heavy raining and therefore a flood, and NO, there was no accident related to the pothole. please update the post, it caused only a very big traffic jam.
On 27 May 2010 at 10:11 UTC, Bogdan Popa said:
Hi tygger, thanks for your quick post. First of all, we did mention that the cause of the pothole might be a natural phenomenon, so there's nothing to update here. Second of all, our sources indicated that several cars were damaged after driving over the pothole and we can all see this in the attached photos.
On 27 May 2010 at 10:18 UTC, tygger said:
bogdan, these photos are from index.hu. i have seen these before many times. but i think you need to update, because you write about "several accidents" and "whether it also led to fatalities or not". this sentence refers to some serious, maybe horrific accidents, which is simply not true. yes, there were some wheels and tyre damaged, but the highway was closed as soon as possible, so fortunately nothing serious had happened.
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