Massive Sinkhole Swallows Two Cars, Kills Sheriff’s Deputy
A gigantic sinkhole in Texas engulfed two cars Sunday, injuring one man and killing a reserve deputy.
“There was no way [she was] going to survive. The car was upside down,” San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said of Sheriff’s Deputy Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara, according to NBC News.
The deputy’s car was 90 percent submerged, explained Hood, who added that it was not clear how long she was in the water.
Authorities arrived at the scene and found a fractured 54-inch pipe and a hole measuring around 10 to 20 feet deep.
The pit extended the full width of the two-lane road in southwest San Antonio.
The surviving driver was rescued by a bystander and then transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, Hood said during a news conference.
The burst pipe was adjacent to a newly completed construction project, as well as one still in progress, according to the president of San Antonio Water System, Robert Puente, who went just short of saying those were the causes.
“The pit is full of sewer water. Until we find an opportunity to look inside we will know what happened,” Puente said.
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