Six people - including three-year-old twins - died after their car fell into a 26ft-wide sinkhole in the middle of a main road in Crimea.
Driver Ibrail Eskandarov, 34, was killed instantly along with his wife Eskandarova, 33, their twins, Asan and Muslim, and daughter, Aliye, 16, when their car suddenly plunged down six metres.
The car carrying eight passengers fell into the massive pit after the vehicle entered the unlit part of the road near the Crimean capital of Simferopol.
Family friend Salimova Asiye, 37, was also killed in the accident, but rescue workers saved her children, Serim, just 12 months old, and Levida, 12, who were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Medical reports have revealed that the boy has a traumatic brain injury and is in coma, while the girl has multiple fractures.
Doctors also said that the six passengers who died 'received injuries incompatible with life'.
According to rescue workers the massive circular hole, which was at least six metres deep and eight metres wide, suddenly appeared in the middle-of-the-road in front of the car.
When the earth caved in below the road, electricity cables were ripped out cutting off power supplies and making it impossible to see.
At least 43 rescue personnel and 16 vehicles were involved in the rescue effort.
The accident happened on the highway between the city of Simferopol in the disputed Southern Crimean Peninsula and the village of Nikolaevka.
A spokesman for the regions Emergencies Ministry said that it had been impossible for the driver to have avoided the hole as the road was unlit when it happened.
They said that the six who died had apparently been killed instantly after suffering massive injuries, and the reason for the ground had opened up under the road was currently being investigated.