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Car stuck in Fayetteville sinkhole after wreck

Posted September 27, 2008

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— A car wreck that toppled a fire hydrant caused a sinkhole to develop beside part of Murchinson Road Saturday morning.

The driver of a silver Honda hit a light pole and then ran over a fire hydrant, near Sleepy Hollow Drive, Fayetteville police said. Water gushed out of the hydrant, and the sheer amount of it washed away dirt, creating the sinkhole.

The driver of the Honda was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Officers said that she had non-life-threatening injuries.

The Honda became stuck in the sinkhole, covered up to its windshields in water.

Police shut down part of Murchinson Road as Department of Transportation, Time Warner Cable and utility crews inspected the damage.

Water rushed down and pooled along Sleepy Hollow Drive, which is the entrance to a mobile home park. Cars, though, continued to splash through the standing water, and police said the water did not damage any homes.

Officers said that charges might be filed against the driver, whose identity has not been released.


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