A lorry driver was handed a parking ticket when the road collapsed trapping his vehicle in a hole.
He was picking up a skip in Belsize Park, north London, when he drove over a burst water main and the front wheel became stuck up to the axle.
While he waited for a rescue truck, a traffic warden wrote out a ticket and stuck it on the windscreen.
Camden Council has since apologised and said the traffic warden made a mistake and the ticket would be cancelled.
Witness Sue Melkman said that despite the driver's attempts to explain what had happened, the traffic warden failed to back down.
"She said, 'well you can appeal', carried on, wrote the ticket," said Ms Melkman.
She added that the warden had had difficulty in reaching the lorry to put the ticket on, and had to stand on tip-toes in the water.