Colorado Woman Narrowly Escapes Her Vehicle Before It Collapses Into a Sinkhole
A Colorado woman found herself extremely lucky to be alive earlier this week, after narrowly escaping her vehicle before it fell into a sinkhole on the road.
Sinkholes are caused by the movement of water beneath the earth’s surface. This water can dissolve the rock and sediment below the surface, leaving behind a hollow space. The sinkhole collapses when the surface layer can’t bear the weight of whatever happens to be on top of it.
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The city of Sheridan, Colorado, has experienced a good deal of rain over the last few days. A storm that afternoon brought two inches of rain in less than 30 minutes. That rain quickly made its way into the piping systems that run underneath Oxford Avenue, causing the road to lose its stability.
The driver leapt from her vehicle and the SUV collapsed into the ground within a number of moments. One witness, Tye Adams, caught the incident on video, calling the whole thing absurd. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” he told reporters. “”I didn’t think I would go to work one day and see a car fall into the ground like that.”
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This is the same area where a police cruiser fell into a sinkhole in June 2015. Sinkholes have been popping up a lot lately, damaging vehicles and causing road closures across the country. Just last year, a sinkhole in St. Louis swallowed a car parked on the side of the road.
The vehicle was removed from the sinkhole by road crews Wednesday morning.