22,000kg truck falls into Georgia sinkhole

The driver of an 18-wheeler "big rig" in the United States got the fright of his life on Tuesday morning (local time) when his truck fell into the road.  

A sinkhole opened up, swallowing the truck as it was parked outside a mechanics garage in Hall Country, Georgia. 

Remarkably, the driver escaped unhurt. 

Authorities working to remove the 25-tonne water tanker from the sinkhole faced a large task, as the Badger Hyrdo-Vac truck carried about 6000 litres of water and weighed 20,000 kilograms. 

The tanker and the truck's fuel tank were drained to make it lighter to remove, The Atlanta Journal reported.

The road was closed and surrounding businesses cleared for the excavation mission to continue.