A council road repair van found itself in a whole world of trouble when it became stuck - in the pothole it was sent to fix.
The council van got swallowed up in the colossal crevice in Possingworth Lane, near the B2192 at Blackboys, which now measures 10ft long and more than a foot deep.
Residents in Framfield say the pothole opened up in December, but the county council only sent workmen to take a look at it last week, which is when they became stuck.
Retired criminal barrister Clemency Abraham, 47, said: “I think it was on March 16. I was bringing my children home at about 7:30. When I drove past I saw, as I was on my way, there was a van stuck in the pothole.
“It was like some comical farce. It had become stuck in the hole it was meant to inspect.
“Then, about an hour later, when I was on my way back, another vehicle had arrived to free the van.
“My friend said the man driving the van had told her he just couldn’t believe it and that nobody had told him it was so bad.
“The next day, as if by magic, there were traffic lights and cones around the hole, whereas there had been nothing before.”
While the incident may have been amusing, Ms Abraham stressed the pothole was a serious problem in the area.
The mother-of-two added: “There is currently only about eight feet of passable highway. No ambulance or fire engine could get through as it is.
“If someone from East Sussex council had been living in any of the villages here and had to face that road every day, I just don’t believe it would have been left like that.”
A spokesperson from East Sussex County Council said they were unable to confirm the incident had occurred and could therefore not comment on it.
They said: “Every report we receive is acted upon as quickly as possible but we don’t have unlimited resources so we have to prioritise the repairs we carry out to ensure we fix the worst potholes on the busiest roads first.
“The pothole in Possingworth Lane was first reported in December, but was assessed as low priority at that time.
“There has been an issue with flooding at this location.
“We have carried out work on a number of occasions over the past three months to clear drains and the water that has run off adjacent land causing the flooding.”
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