Sheriff deputy dies after car plunges into sinkhole in San Antonio

December 7, 2016 | By | Reply More

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy has died and two other people hurt when two vehicles plunged into a water-filled sinkhole in San Antonio, Texas, officials said on Monday.

car plunges sinkholeThe Bexar County sheriff’s office on Monday identified the victim as 69-year-old deputy Dora Linda Nishihara, who was a courthouse bailiff.

“We are heartbroken to confirm Deputy Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara passed away after her car fell into a sinkhole Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family,” Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said in a statement issued after learning about Nishihara’s death.

“Deputy Nishihara worked as a Reserve Deputy from August 2009 to October 2016 before transitioning to a part-time Deputy at the Bexar County Courthouse in October of this year. We are assisting her family as they deal with this tragedy.”

Sheriff’s spokesman James Keith says Nishihara was not working on Sunday when her vehicle went into the sinkhole. SAWS and San Antonio fire officials said the ground ruptured sometime before 5:30pm after a sewer line ruptured during heavy rain earlier in the day, local news said.

 Authorities say two passers-by rescued a 60-year-old driver after his vehicle fell into the sinkhole on Sunday night.

First responders arrived and found a second car submerged in the 10-foot sinkhole. SAWS and fire officials began to work around the clock in an effort to get both vehicles out.

Crews pulled both vehicles out just after 2pm on Monday.

SAWS officials said the rupture of the 96-inch sewer pipe occurred at the junction of decades old pipe with new material SAWS just installed this year.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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