Tue. Jan 21st, 2020

Couple rescued after hole opens and begins to swallow minivan in The Villages


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TALKED TO SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE TO HELP. PAUL: DAVE HARRIS, WHO LIVES NEARBY, SAYS HIS WIFE DROVE BY THIS SPOT JUST WHEN THAT VAN FELL INTO THE ROAD. HE WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED THE TWO IN THEIR VEHICLE. MR. HARRIS: CAME BACK OUTSIDE AND, CLUNK, I COULD HEAR IT SCRAPING. PAUL: DAVE DESCRIBES WHAT HAPPENED NEXT, A SCENE THAT YOU SEE HERE — WATER AND A MINIVAN GETTING STUCK FURTHER AND FURTHER INTO A HOLE IN THE ROA MR. HARRIS: SO I WENT INSIDE AGAIN TO GET HER, TO SHOW MY WIFE, AND BY THAT TIME, THE WATER WAS HALFWAY UP THE MOTOR, THE HOOD. PAUL: HE SAYS HE SAW A GOOD SAMARITAN ALREADY HELPING THOSE WHO WERE TRAPPED INSIDE. MR. HARRIS: A MAN THERE, WHICH I ASSUME CAME FROM UP THE STREET, AND HE WAS HELPING THE LADY OUT FIRST, AND SHE HANDED ME A COUPLE PACKAGES. PAUL: THANKFULLY, THEY WERE ABLE TO GET EVERYONE OUT. HARRIS IS GLAD THE COMMUNITY WAS ABLE TO HELP QUICKLY. OFFICIALS SAY A WATER MAIN BREAK WAS TO BLAME FOR THIS. IT HAS BEEN REPAIRED AND CARS CAN NOW DRIVE OVER THE AREA. THANKFULY, NO ONE WAS HU

Couple rescued after hole opens and begins to swallow minivan in The Villages

A hole caused by a water main break in The Villages swallowed a minivan Wednesday while two people were inside. Dave Harris lives nearby and said his wife drove by the spot where the hole opened just before the van fell into the road.“I went inside to get her and to show my wife, and by that, time the water was halfway up the motor, the hood,” Harris recalled. He said thanks to the help of a good Samaritan, both people inside the van got out safe. The water main break and road have already been repaired.

THE VILLAGES, Fla. —

A hole caused by a water main break in The Villages swallowed a minivan Wednesday while two people were inside.

Dave Harris lives nearby and said his wife drove by the spot where the hole opened just before the van fell into the road.

“I went inside to get her and to show my wife, and by that, time the water was halfway up the motor, the hood,” Harris recalled.

hole swallows van in The Villages

He said thanks to the help of a good Samaritan, both people inside the van got out safe.

The water main break and road have already been repaired.

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