In an unfortunate incident, two men died after their car fell into a sinkhole that opened up above a burst hot water pipe in the Russian city of Penza on Monday. In the country, hot water is piped to residential areas during winters for heating.

The two men were parking their car when the sinkhole suddenly opened up under the vehicle. The car soon submerged into the hole of scorching water, following which the pair died “almost immediately.”

A witness said, “What a horrendous way to die - one moment you are driving a car, the next underground drowning in hot water.”

Meanwhile, photos of the incident uploaded on social media showed the wreckage of the car as well as the bodies of the victims being lifted from the sinkhole. The identity of the victims was not revealed.

Confirming the incident, the local Ministry of Emergencies said, “A car fell as a result of the ground collapsing. Sadly people were killed.”

Meanwhile, a journalist from a local news website said, “Another car drove over the same spot minutes before the accident. The driver noticed ground beginning to steam - and quickly drove off. Then these two men came. They parked - and the asphalt collapsed right under them.” Investigation was ongoing.

Motorist falls into sinkhole
Representational image of a large 20-foot-deep sinkhole that swallowed two vehicles in North Laurel Canyon Blvd, in Los Angeles, on Feb. 18, 2017. Getty Images