Off-street parking: Florence road collapse sinks row of cars – The Guardian

A stretch of street has collapsed in central Florence, dropping a row of parked cars into an underground pipeline and cutting water supplies to part of the ancient city.

About 200 metres (650ft) of road running up to the famous Ponte Vecchio caved in when a major waterpipe it was sitting on broke, the city’s mayor, Dario Nardella, said.

Around 20 cars fell into the water-filled ditch, but no one was injured.

Emergency services at the scene


Emergency services at the scene Photograph: Maurizio Degl Innocenti/EPA

A firefighter stands next to vehicles


A firefighter stands next to vehicles Photograph: Maurizio Degl Innocenti/EPA

Cars are engulfed by the chasm


Cars in the chasm Photograph: Maurizio degl’Innocenti/AP

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