SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP/KXAN) — One person is dead after their car got stuck in a sinkhole in San Antonio Sunday night.
The San Antonio Fire Department says they were called out to a water rescue around 7:30 p.m. in the southwest side of town. When firefighters arrived, they found two vehicles submerged in a sinkhole with a diameter about the size of the road itself. Authorities say the sinkhole was created when a large sewer line ruptured.
A 60-year-old man was rescued by a civilian but the driver in the second vehicle was not able to get out.
“Unfortunately, there was another vehicle we found last night that was found upside down and 90 percent submerged in about 12 feet of high-flowing water,” said San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood in a Monday morning news conference. “We know for sure that there is a body inside that vehicle.”
Hood says the situation is now a body-recovery mission. Emergency crews are currently waiting for a crane to arrive to help pull out the submerged vehicles.
Officials were trying to figure out a way to stop the flow of the sewer line to allow emergency crews to get through. The San Antonio Water System reports that there had been four other sewer spill overflows on Sunday.