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New Jersey Sinkhole Swallows Entire Forklift, Man Operating It

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 07:56 AM

By Newsmax Wires

The floor of a northern New Jersey warehouse opened up on Monday, swallowing a forklift and the man who was running it. On top of that, the hole then filled with cooking oil and soy sauce that was stored in the warehouse.

Authorities say Danny Rodriguez of Bronx, N.Y., managed to escape serious injury as his forklift sank into the 6- to 10-foot deep hole in the East Rutherford warehouse rented by AM Express Freight, according to The Associated Press.

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Officials are trying to determine what caused the problem.

The owner's property manager, Bruce Jordan, told The Record newspaper it appeared the reinforced concrete slab foundation had given way over a long-forgotten basement under the building.

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