Friday 9 December 2016

Giant sinkhole swallows Uber taxi on busy city street

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 11/05/2016 | 15:50

The sinkhole. Photo: San Francisco Fire Department/Twitter
The sinkhole. Photo: San Francisco Fire Department/Twitter
The sinkhole. Photo: San Francisco Fire Department/Twitter

A family has been rescued from an Uber taxi after it was swallowed by a giant sinkhole on a busy San Francisco street.

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As the driver waited for the lights to change on Mission Street, the Chevrolet SUV became stuck in a massive hole near the intersection.

“The car went down right away so I don’t know what happened,” Uber driver Jose Santana told ABC news.

A family visiting from Los Angeles were caught inside the SUV during the incident.

Passenger Radhika Achuthan said: “We kind of thought it was a flat tire and then we saw all these people clicking videos and stuff and the cops came and they said, ‘just don’t move'."

Officials say the sinkhole is 12ft long, 5ft wide and 9ft deep.

“It was terrifying. We felt that it might completely go down,” said Ashok Narayanan, who was heading back to the airport with his family when they encountered the sinkhole.

“It was so shocking to see that big, big hole there,” Ms Achuthan added.

The sinkhole. Photo: San Francisco Fire Department/Twitter
The sinkhole. Photo: San Francisco Fire Department/Twitter

A spokesperson from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) said a broken sewer line caused the sinkhole to appear, and would take a couple of days to repair.

No injures were reported from the incident.

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