A huge sinkhole in Mississippi has swallowed 12 vehicles outside of a pancake restaurant. The 400ft (121m) section of the outdoor car park caved in on 8 November, pulling in cars, trucks and SUVs.

The ground dropped about 15 ft (4.5m), but luckily no one was injured. The sinkhole appeared outside a branch of the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) in Meridian that had only opened just days before.

Huge sink hole swallows cars
Twelve vehicles were swallowed when a 400ft (121m) section of an outdoor car park caved in outside a Mississippi pancake house Reuters

Officials say it is not clear what caused the hole to appear, but that engineers and contractors were due on site on 9 November. A local newspaper reported that the area that sank was near a storm drain, and that rain could have been a factor.