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Sinkhole Nearly Swallows Car With Four People Inside at Stop Sign

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Jun 2014 11:12 AM

An Indiana sinkhole claimed a motorized victim last week when the void nearly swallowed a car with four people inside at a stop sign.

Evansville, Indiana, resident Timothy Stone told the Evansville Courier & Press that he and three passengers were driving through town Friday when they came to a stop sign. Suddenly, Stone said, the car "felt weird" and then started to sink. All four passengers were able to escape from the vehicle before the front tipped into when police described as a hole "12 feet in diameter and 16 feet deep."

No one was injured, and workers later removed the 2003 Ford Taurus.

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The hole was caused by the collapse of a 72-inch sewer, Water & Sewer Utility Director Allen Mounts told the Courier & Press.



A day earlier, a sinkhole opened in a shopping center parking lot across from Florida's Legoland theme park and grew from 30 feet wide and 5 feet deep in the morning to 85 feet wide and 18 feet deep by the end of the day, police told USA Today. No cars were damaged because the sinkhole was discovered before most of the stores opened.

According to the United States Geological Survey, a sinkhole is an area of ground that has no natural external surface drainage, whereby trapping moisture from rain inside the subsurface. A typical sinkhole forms "so slowly that little change is noticeable, but they can form suddenly when a collapse occurs."

Last month, a block-long sinkhole opened up in a residential neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland, pulling in several cars and prompting the evacuation of several homes.

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