Pennsylvania Sinkhole Swallows Cars

A massive sinkhole opened in a parking lot in Pennsylvania, swallowing six vehicles.

The sinkhole opened up on Aug. 10 at the Tanger Outlets in Lancaster County.

Shoppers felt the ground shake just before the hole opened up and swallowed the cars. At least one car was occupied, but the woman inside was safely rescued.

“All of a sudden I felt like shaking kind of so I thought it was like an earthquake or something,” Haley Weaver, the woman, told Fox News.

“Then I look up and my car is slanted and I’m slanted, so I realize like I’d sunk in the ground, and people immediately started running over to me to help me so they had to pull me out of the passenger side of my car,” she said.

“My daughter was going to run some stuff back to the car to drop it off and all of a sudden I get a phone call saying that she couldn’t see the car and that the car was in a sinkhole,” added Sheryl Delozie, another shopper.

The cause is unknown as of yet but an initial theory focuses on the heavy rains in the area. The rains may have weakened the pavement.

The vehicles were removed overnight, while the sinkhole continued to expand.

The Lafayette Fire Company said on Facebook that the sinkhole doubled in size.

“Thankfully, no one was injured and all the vehicles were successfully recovered,” the post said.

But the sinkhole expanded while rescue personnel were inside, creating a harrowing situation.

“As our recovery operators were down in the sinkhole rigging the vehicles to be recovered we had ground falling and collapsing around us while we were in the sinkhole,” Wayne McDade, with Wayne’s Towing and Recovery, told Fox 43.

Some vehicles sustained serious damage, he added, while all the personnel made it out of the hole eventually.

Tanger Regional Marketing Director Randy Zimmerman told Lancaster Online that all the outlet stores were open on Saturday, with the sinkhole roped off.

East Lampeter Township Police Chief Stephen Zerbe said that there would be 24-hour security around the hole while officials assessed the scene. “Geotechnical and developer personnel will be on scene to further examine the extent of underground failure,” he said.

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