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Huge sinkhole swallows car

RICHMOND, CA. - A parked car was swallowed by a sinkhole on the outskirts of Richmond on Thursday evening when another vehicle nudged it while trying to park.

The incident was reported at 6:38 p.m. when witnesses flagged down a Richmond Fire Department battalion chief who happened to by passing by the neighborhood. A motorist who was parking along Via Verdi near El Portal Drive reportedly tapped the Mazda sedan behind and the ground under both vehicles suddenly gave way, said Fire Chief Michael Banks.

It is unclear whether there is any connection between the two incidents, or whether a nearby creek contributed to the unstable road surface, Banks said. The unoccupied sedan came to rest upside down in the hole, and as of 8:30 p.m. Banks said rescuers were trying to determine whether the other vehicle was underneath it.

About half a dozen fire and police vehicles responded, and an ambulance was brought in as a precaution. Emergency responders also included Contra Costa and El Cerrito fire departments as well as Richmond police.

 

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