A Texas community is mourning the tragic loss of one of it’s own residents, after a sinkhole opened up under her car on a busy street and trapped her under water.
Sunday afternoon, a sinkhole opened in the middle of a busy road in San Antonio, Texas, swallowing two cars and claiming one life.The sinkhole opened up underneath Dora Linda Nishihara’s car, swallowing in a twelve foot deep chasm. By Monday afternoon, authorities had been able to retrieve Nishihara’s body and drag her car from the sinkhole. Fire chief Charles Hood called the effort a “body recovery” rather than an actual rescue attempt, and described the incident as a “terrible tragedy.”
Nishihara’s car was submerged upside down in twelve feet of water, and she drowned before rescuers were able to reach her.
A spokesperson for the Bexar County Sheriff’s department said in a statement “We are heartbroken to confirm Deputy Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara passed away after her car fell into a sinkhole Sunday.”
A man driving a second car also drove into the hole, but a man and woman standing nearby were able to climb in and help him escape the torrent of water.
The sinkhole is being attributed to a ruptured sewer line. It had opened up about 1pm Sunday afternoon in the 8400 block of Quintana Road.
Dora Linda Nishihara was a Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy
On a lighter note, we found a British man who discovered a sinkhole of his own, but with far more less tragic results.
Simon Marks was pulling his truck out of his driveway in Luton, England, when he hit something unexpected. He thought he had accidentally driven over his flower beds, so he got out to inspect the damage. However, he hadn’t driven onto his flower bed but rather a gaping hole in his driveway. When he peered inside the hole, he couldn’t believe his eyes.
Inside the hole in his driveway was a ladder that led to a two room shelter. “This massive hole appeared. I thought it was a sinkhole or a badly constructed garden,” Simon explained, according to The Sun. “I was just terrified the whole house was going to vanish. I took some pictures and sent them to my dad. When I moved a few of the slabs out of the way, I found a ladder. I got my selfie stick and put it down the hole where I saw two rooms.”
The second his father laid his eyes on the pictures, he knew exactly what he was looking at: an air-raid shelter. “The previous owner must have known it was there, and when he built the house and put a garden in, he must have filled it in,” he explained. “He clearly was not very worried about it and it just sat there until the hatch fell through. I think it is great and I want to clear it out and preserve it if it is structurally sound.”
Simon and his father have begun excavating the area in order to preserve the shelter.
“It is incredible to think it has all been made by hand,” Simon admitted. “It is part of our history so it should be kept.”
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