Man stuck in Durham County sinkhole giving ‘conflicting stories’ to deputies

Redwood Road sinkhole. Photo by Patrick Priest/CBS North Carolina
Redwood Road sinkhole. Photo by Patrick Priest/CBS North Carolina

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham County officials are getting conflicting stories from a man who fell into a Hurricane Matthew-created sinkhole and got stuck early Sunday.

The incident happened around 7:30 a.m. in the sinkhole that has closed Redwood Road, Redwood Volunteer Fire officials said.

The man was stuck in mud in the sinkhole, but officials are not sure how long he was there before they arrived.

Crews were able to rescue him after about 20 minutes.

The man was transported to an area hospital and was still being hospitalized as of Monday for an injury related to the sinkhole incident.

“The man has provided investigators with conflicting stories,” Durham County Sheriff’s Office officials said in an email Monday.

“The Sheriff’s Office is still determining how he ended up in the sinkhole,” officials added.

The man is listed in stable condition at an area hospital.

The 5000 block of Redwood Road was closed on Oct. 11 after a large hole appeared in the road as Hurricane Matthew went through.

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