• Apr 2, 2009
Click above for a gallery of the VW Golf that was swallowed by a pothole in Ukraine

Think the roads are bad in your neck of the woods? Growing up just a bit south of Detroit before moving to the sunnier climes of Arizona, this particular blogger has always assumed that Michigan's harsh winters and heavy traffic conspire to make the frost heaved and potholed highways of the Motor City the worst in the world. Apparently, that's not the case, and it's not even close.

The dubious distinction of the world's worst pothole must go out to our friends in Ukraine. The story accompanies the set of photos seen below explains that an underground water pipe may have burst, which created a sinkhole large enough to swallow an entire Volkswagen Golf whole. Fortunately, the car's occupants were able to escape out the back window, which was just about the only portion of the hatchback that wasn't covered by a few tons of dirt and asphalt.



[Source: English Russia]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      "a sinkhole large enough to swallow an ENTIRE Volkswagen Golf whole"

      Hm, not quite. Looks like a bit of the car doesn't quite fit. That's a pretty good pothole, but I hope we can find something bigger.

      Doesn't this car have a remote hatch release? Why did they have to break the rear window to escape?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what I was wondering. And from the looks of the size of that back window, my fat ass would have been stuck in that car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hate to nag, but, a hole of that size is no longer a pothole. Potholes are usually up to a few feet in with and usually a few inches deep. If it can swallow a car, it is hardly a "pothole".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed.
        Not a pothole!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd agree - a pothole erodes the pavement from the top down, where a sinkhole erodes from below.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Russia" has a serious "pothole" problem. Many are shown at http://englishrussia.com/
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Now that's a Rabbit hole Alice!" (I know it's a Golf in the Ukraine but, I couldn't resist)
      • 5 Years Ago
      No amount of ShamWow is going to clean that up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you kidding? It'll buff out!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's just a little wet... it's still good, it's still good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL! Looks like someone may have tried. Is that a Sham-Wow on the bumper?
      • 5 Years Ago
      not as big as the "pothole" on I-25 in Denver last year when a water main broke there.
      mumsizlee
      • 5 Years Ago
      I adore
      this argument were having about who has the worst roads
      lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bad shot!
      That one went into the pond.
      Now You know why they're called Golf (verb).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yet again hatchbacks save the day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      f*ck any potholes, anywhere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, if Ukraine is the motherload, then Montreal is second and I assure you they will rock your suspensions to hell.
      • 5 Years Ago
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