Passengers Barely Escape as Florida Sinkhole Opens Under Car

July 12, 2016

A woman and her 4-year-old grandson got a big scare when their SUV was partially swallowed by a 10-foot-by-10-foot sinkhole near the drive-thru of a South Florida McDonald’s.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles tells local news outlets that the sinkhole started opening as Dolores Otero drove toward the drive-thru July 7. She stopped but as the ground caved in, the car went nose-first into the water. One of the car’s back tires was left hanging in the air.

Otero and her grandson got safely out of the vehicle, which began to fill with water.

The restaurant closed for the rest of the day.

Cooper City utilities director Michael Bailey says the hole was caused by a water main break which was being repaired late Thursday.

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  • July 13, 2016 at 11:26 am
    confused says:
    hahahahaha, you don't even know the difference between a collision and comprehensive loss!?! no wonder you suggested i buy renters insurance even though i own and am reimburse... read more
  • July 13, 2016 at 12:46 am
    okt0ber says:
    As an agent, licensed I presume, you should already know that answer to that question. The car did not collide with anything.
  • July 12, 2016 at 2:44 pm
    Agent says:
    Is sinkhole damage a Comprehensive claim or Collision with an object?
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