Saturday 1 October 2016

12 cars swallowed by hole in restaurant car park

Published 09/11/2015 | 13:26

Experts are trying to determine the cause of the collapse (Michael Stewart/The Meridian Star via AP)
Experts are trying to determine the cause of the collapse (Michael Stewart/The Meridian Star via AP)

A cave-in at a restaurant car park in Mississippi swallowed 12 cars.

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Experts are expected to begin work later to determine the cause of the collapse at the weekend, authorities said.

No one was reported injured when the pavement gave way on Saturday night, leaving a long hole in the ground into which the vehicles tumbled.

Meridian public safety director Buck Roberts said that the collapse was not the result of a sinkhole, which is generally caused when an underground water aquifer dries and leaves a void in the ground.

Mr Roberts said engineers and contractors would be studying the site.

Emergency crews were called to the IHOP restaurant in Meridian and found a section of the car park had collapsed. Cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles had dropped into the hole in the earth, which appeared to be about 15ft deep.

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