San Antonio Sheriff’s Deputy Dies After Car Falls in Massive Sinkhole
According to the San Antonio Express-News, a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy died after a sinkhole in the road opens up and submerges two cars on San Antonio’s southwest side on Sunday night.
Crews Working to Remove Car, Recover Body from Sinkhole
Deputy Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara’s car was one of two vehicles swallowed up by a massive sinkhole on Quintana Road. Emergency crews were called to the sinkhole at around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, where they found two cars inside. On Monday, officials confirmed that they are working to recover Nishihara’s vehicle from the sinkhole.
A 60-year-old man was the other motorist who ended up inside the sinkhole, reports the San Antonio Express-News. A man and woman required hospitalization after they were able to rescue the man from the hole.
Currently, crews are trying to remove the cars from the sinkhole with the help of a crane. The San Antonio Express-News reports that Deputy Nishihara’s vehicle is still more than 90 percent under water and is likely full of gravel, dirt, and other debris. Fire officials say the rescue will be a challenge due to the conditions of the road, ground surrounding the sinkhole, and the wet weather.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, the sinkhole is likely due to a sewer pipe rupture underneath the road. There were four different sewer spill overflows on Sunday due to the heavy rains.