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    California - Massive Sinkhole Swallows Car In Richmond

    Massive Sinkhole Swallows Car In Richmond


    RICHMOND, Calif. -- A massive 40-by-60-foot sinkhole opened up Thursday evening beneath a street in Richmond- that took out a section of roadway as well as a nearby parked car.

    The 40-by-60-foot sinkhole opened up on Via Verdi where it intersects with El Portal Drive not far from I-80.

    It was first reported to authorities at approximately 6:40 p.m., according to Richmond Police Lt. Dave Harris.

    The sinkhole is 20-feet deep at its deepest point.

    For most of the evening, dozens of firefighters, police officers, and engineers were on the scene.

    The 2007 Mazda that fell into the sinkhole belonged to Maricica Koltun, an area resident who just moved into the adjacent apartment complex one month ago. “One of the children from the complex -- ‘cause I knew my car had been parked right there -- he said ‘Was your car a blue car?’” explained Koltun. “I was like ‘Yeah.’ He was like, ‘Oh man! I think it's your car.’ Of course at that moment, my heart just started pounding.'

    At first, rescue personnel went in with harnesses and ropes to see if another car was underneath the Mazda.

    A witness had reported seeing two cars fall in and there was concern that someone was trapped.

    But in the end, they found only the one car and no one trapped or hurt.

    So what could have caused such a major portion of the roadway, sidewalk, and hillside to give way?

    Richmond Fire Chief Michael Banks outlined a possible scenario.“Basically what we see right now is there was a drainage culvert. And there may be a creek underground,” said Banks. “I'm not entirely sure. There are some creeks that wind their way through the Richmond-El Sobrante area out this way. But we've had a considerable amount of rain all winter long and into the spring. It just appeared in time the road gave way.”Via Verdi remained closed late Thursday night.

    Friday morning, engineers will be back out to start figuring out the task of repairing the sink hole.
    Crews also will bring in a crane to remove the car.
    At that point, Koltun and her insurance company will be able to assess the damage.


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    Just being in Richmond is usually a case of being sunk anyway. The City is much like Oakland, one of the worst in the San Francisco area.

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    ^Can only hope that the hole gets a lot bigger then

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    Why were they working into the dark of nightime?

    This is what's wrong with the world, you got people without enough money to eat a decent meal and then you you see things like this where you got teams with cranes, slings, firemen, police and all manner of tv resources all poured into the rescue of a piece of fucking shit Mazda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin
    Why were they working into the dark of nightime? This is what's wrong with the world, you got people without enough money to eat a decent meal and then you you see things like this where you got teams with cranes, slings, firemen, police and all manner of tv resources all poured into the rescue of a piece of fucking shit Mazda.
    Possibly because:

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    At first, rescue personnel went in with harnesses and ropes to see if another car was underneath the Mazda. A witness had reported seeing two cars fall in and there was concern that someone was trapped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    “I was like ‘Yeah.’
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    He was like, ‘Oh man!
    I'm like. No way!

    He's like, Yes way!



    Ain't communication grand

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    Good.

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    Didn't we have a thread a few months ago where a Thai road collapsed.

    Followed by a rash of posts all slagging Thais on how stupid, inept, corrupt and of course, the usual monkey stuff.

    Come on guys, surely there are some similar derogatory remarks we can make about these dumb ass seppos.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    Come on guys, surely there are some similar derogatory remarks we can make about these dumb ass seppos.
    Good point norton, glad you brought it up, why the hell are the amerikan government letting Thais into amerika and letting them work without work permits, they are also probably not paying tax on their illegal earnings, its about time merika clamped down on this sort of stuff or they can expect more shoddy work making the headlines.....

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