SUV nearly swallowed by sinkhole caused by broken water main in New York

By on Jan 16, 2013 in Automobile, Environment, United States Comments

An SUV was nearly swallowed by a sinkhole in New York on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, which was reportedly caused by broken water main. Below is a photo of the sinkhole when the SUV has been removed.

Smithtown NY sinkhole

Sinkhole in Smithtown, New York being filled,
after nearly swallowed an SUV

Image Credit: Peter Verry/Smithtown.Patch

Smithtown,NY-Rough morning for driver on Mt.Pleasant Rd. after SUV disappears into sinkhole after water main break.” Stringer News (@Stringernews) tweeted that day, along with the photo of the SUV in an almost vertical position and is nearly being swallowed by the sinkhole.

As noted at ABC News that day, the incident happened at around 3:30 a.m. while the man is driving the SUV through Smithtown, a city on Long Island. A Suffolk County Police Department spokeswoman told them that the driver has successfully escaped from the SUV and was not injured.

Timothy Motz, Director of Communications for the Suffolk County Water Authority, told them that the water main broke probably due to the cold temperature in the area. Twenty six homes have their water cut off due to the incident, but it has been restored by noon that day.

According to, Suffolk County Water Authority workers have already repaired the water main pipes and that the Mount Pleasant Road sinkhole, near Cambridge Drive, had a depth of around 6 feet.

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