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A sinkhole swallows a car near Duke......Can you imagine??

Posted by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 4:13 PM
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 http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/sinkhole-swallows-car-north-carolina-161146188--abc-news-topstories.html

A Honda Prelude fell into a sinkhole in North Carolina. (ABC News)

 

A Duke University law student driving by a fast food restaurant near campus was slowed to a halt Tuesday when his car fell into a sinkhole.
 

Rajiv Thairani, 27, from San Francisco, was driving his girlfriend's 2001 Honda Prelude in an empty lot next to a Bojangles restaurant in Durham, N.C., around 2 p.m. when he struck the sinkhole.
 
"I was going to use the lot to turn around so I just turned into it and my car is relatively low to the ground and the hole wasn't visible from the street," Thairani told ABCNews.com. "My initial reaction was that the ground underneath me had given way, like it had collapsed."
 
Thairani fell into an eight-foot deep sinkhole. The hole had appeared in the ground the day before but had not been properly marked off, according to Thairani.
 


"This apparently happened to someone the night before, to a truck driver," he said. "His tires got stuck but his truck [an 18-wheeler] was too big to go in. They called 911 and put up caution tape and poles but by the next day the caution tape had blown away and poles had fallen over so it was no longer visible."


Thairani's car had to be pulled from the ground using a wrecker and he fears it may be totaled. He escaped the accident without any injuries.
 
Officials closed off the lot as they continue to investigate whether the sinkhole could have been caused by recent heavy rains in the area or another factor.

 

by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 4:13 PM
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4kidz916
by Bronze Member on Sep. 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Oh wow.  Glad he's ok. 

bibliophile440
by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM

 Wow. Scary.

IncognitoOne
by ResidentStalker on Sep. 5, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Yikes! 

IncognitoOne
by ResidentStalker on Sep. 5, 2012 at 6:01 PM

There is a paking lot here that ha a hole that constanty opens up. They keep just paving over it. I'm waiting for that one to swallow a car...

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Aurora-Dove
by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 6:03 PM

That's crazy! There was one in hickory a while back that swallowed a corvette, and part of a restaurant.

SimplyEnchanted
by Kristin on Sep. 5, 2012 at 6:37 PM

wow...scary!

hope_love_dream
by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM

wow

Rain2Rinse
by Representative on Sep. 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM
Woah!
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BEXi
by Member on Sep. 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM

I was just at that bojangles last week.. LOL. I saw the pictures on FB.. Is it bad I laughed?

jesse123456
by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Oh My! My niece goes to Duke! 

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