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Texas Sinkhole Swallows 2 Cars; 1 Driver Dead and 1 Rescued

KENS 5 journalist Sharon Ko posted this tweet about the San Antonio sinkhole Monday. (Post via Twitter)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Dec 2016 06:43 AM

Two cars became trapped in a huge San Antonio, Texas, sinkhole that opened up Sunday evening and filled with water from a broken sewer line.

Witnesses pulled out a 60-year-old man but were unable to rescue another driver whose car was almost completely submerged underwater in the hole.

"We know for sure that there is a body in one of those vehicles," said San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood, KENS 5 reported.

Emergency crews responded to the scene around 7:30 p.m. when the sewer leak was reported in the area and discovered the sinkhole, which was likely caused by the sewer line rupture.

A woman saw one man’s car enter the sinkhole and rescued him before the car could go under. She and the man were both taken to the hospital with only minor injuries, but the second car was submerged and first responders were still trying to extract the car and its driver from the sinkhole on Monday.

The sinkhole is about 20 feet deep and spans the width of the road, Fox News reported.

Officials were attempting to shut off the sewer line to allow water to drain from the hole. The sinkhole is said to be unstable, and nearby trains can cause vibrations that impact the area, My San Antonio reported

San Antonio Water System reported the sewer line break had caused four different areas to have spill overflows on Sunday, but no other injuries or sinkholes were reported.

Fire and police officials were in the process of removing the vehicles from the sinkhole with cranes on Monday afternoon. San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor called the sinkhole death a “terrible tragedy” during a morning news conference, My SA reported

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