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Sinkhole swallows a car after heavy rain in Denver, Colorado


A large sinkhole opened up on Oxford Avenue in Sheridan, suburban Denver, Colorado on July 24, 2018, swallowing a car. The driver managed to get out before the car fell into a 5 m (15 feet) deep hole. This is the same patch of road that swallowed a police car in 2015.

According to the Sheridan Police Department, heavy rain affected a pipe below the pavement where the road collapsed. The hole is about 8 m (25 feet) wide and more than 5 m (15 feet) deep.

The city of Englewood said that the city’s contractor, American Civil Constructors, is working to determine what caused the pipes underneath the road the fail.

“We do know that the storm on July 24 can be characterized as a 100-year event. During the storm, an estimated 63.5 mm (2.5 inches) of rain fell in 30 minutes, which caused the pipe to pressurize at over 25 psi. The pipe was not designed for this pressure,” city spokesperson Alison Carney said.

This is the same patch of road where a police SUV was swallowed by a sinkhole on June 5, 2015.

Featured image credit: Tye Adams





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