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Photos Show A Road Sink And Disappear In Italy's Florence

Several cars fell into the crevice that opened up in the ancient city.

26/05/2016 1:52 AM AEST | Updated 26/05/2016 1:52 AM AEST
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A road in central Florence collapsed on Wednesday, causing some 20 cars to fall into a ditch and cutting off water supply to parts of the city.

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - A stretch of street collapsed in central Florence early Wednesday, dropping a row of parked cars into an underground pipeline and cutting water supplies to parts of the ancient city.

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

Around 20 cars fell into the newly created ditch, awash with water, but no one was injured.

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    A road running up to the famous Ponte Vecchio, next to the River Arno, caved in on Wednesday.
  • Claudio Villa. via Getty Images
    About 650 feet of road caved in when a major waterpipe on which it was sitting broke.
  • Handout . / Reuters
    Around 20 cars fell into the ditch, which was flooded with water.
  • Claudio Villa. via Getty Images
    A car is lifted out of the ditch.
  • Claudio Villa. via Getty Images
    Workers help lift the cars out of the ditch.

(Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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