Woman's Pickup Falls into Sinkhole: Fallbrook

Woman rescued from hole near 1018 N. Stage Coach Lane in Fallbrook

By Joseph M.D. Young
|  Sunday, Dec 18, 2011  |  Updated 11:14 AM PDT
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Woman's Pickup Falls into Sinkhole: Fallbrook

A woman called for help after her pickup truck fell into a sinkhole on a street in Fallbrook Saturday, according to San Diego County Sheriff's officials.

Our media partner, the North County Times, reported the story on Saturday.

Sheriff's deputies  were on the scene at about 4:14  after responding to a call about the incident that occurred near 1018 N. Stage Coach Lane in Fallbrook, Lt. David Gilmore said. Once there, deputies requested help from the fire department.

The incident began when the woman was driving home, reported the NCT.

The vehicle she was traveling in fell into a sinkhole which apparently had been caused by a leaking water main in the area, according to John Buchanan, a spokesman for North County Fire Protection District.

The hole was said to be about 15 feet wide and deep enough so only the rear part of the vehicle could be seen from outside the hole.

Unable to open the woman's door because of a lack of space, firefighters had to break the vehicle's window in order to free her, Buchanan said. As they did this, water spaying from the broken main only complicated the situation, Buchanan added.

The woman wasn't hurt during the incident.

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