Sinkhole Caused by Broken Main Swallows Car Whole in El Cajon - NBC 7 San Diego

Sinkhole Caused by Broken Main Swallows Car Whole in El Cajon

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    Repairs Underway to Massive Sinkhole That Swallowed Car in El Cajon

    Crews are working to repair a water main break that caused a sinkhole to open up and swallow a car whole. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports. (Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018)

    A massive sinkhole that was created after a water main broke beneath an El Cajon roadway swallowed a car whole in El Cajon Monday when the asphalt gave way. 

    The pipe burst underneath the roadway near the intersection of N. Johnson Avenue and Vernon Way just before 8:30 p.m., the El Cajon Police Department (ECPD) said.

    Thousands of gallons of water were sent rushing through the ground causing the sediment below the pavement to erode. 

    While ECPD was at the scene working with the Helix Water District to make repairs to the main break, a car drove around an emergency vehicle and proceeded to drive onto the roadway over the main break, ECPD said. 

    Sink Hole Caused by Broken Main Swallows Car Whole in El Cajon

    [DGO] Sink Hole Caused by Broken Main Swallows Car Whole in El Cajon

    NBC 7's Ashley Matthews reports from the scene with more details.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    The ground was unstable and the weight of the car caushed the asphalt to give way, ECPD said. A sinkhole was created and the car was sucked inside.

    ECPD said as the vehicle was sinking into the hole, officers were able to pull the driver out of the car. No one was injured. 

    Video of the scene showed the car's wheels sticking out of the hole as about three-quarters of the vehicle was buried about inside.

    The main break sent thousands of gallons of water rushing into the street. Helix Water District crews were investigating what caused the pipe to burst in the first place.

    The intersection was closed through the night as crews worked to find the main break and fill the hole. At about 9:30 a.m., ECPD said the roadway was reopened to traffic. 

    No other information was available.

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