A sinkhole opened up on Sunday night in San Antonio, Texas, killing one person and injuring two others.
The accident took place on a two-lane road in an industrial area of San Antonio. Two cars were involved in the incident.
Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara, sheriff deputy with the Bexar County sheriff’s department, was killed in the accident.
An unidentified man from the other vehicle involved was rescued by a civilian. The unidentified man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
According to the fire department, the civilian who rescued the man sustained minor injuries and was also taken to the hospital.
Nishihara’s car was 90 percent submerged in the water. There was not much that the first responders could have done to save Nishihara, said Chief Hood.
Nishihara’s car was pulled out of water that was about 12 feet deep. It is unknown how long she was submerged in the water.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s office tweeted, “We are heartbroken to confirm Deputy Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara passed away after her car fell into a sinkhole Sunday.”
“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,” said Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family,” said Pamerleau.
Nishihara was in uniform at the time of her death, said officials.
Joe Arrington, fire department spokesman, said they responded to a water rescue a little after 7:30.
When they arrived, they discovered a broken 54-inch pipe and a pit measuring 10- to 20-feet deep that stretched the entire width of the road, according to Arrington.
There is still no clear reason as to why the pipes ruptured, said Robert Puente, president of San Antonio water system.
“The pit is full of sewer water,” he said. “Until we find an opportunity to look inside will we know what happened.”
The faulty pipeline could be seen in pictures of the scene.
The pipe was near two different construction projects. One of the projects was still underway, while the other was completed last year.
The sinkhole was in an industrial area that is undergoing an “aggressive, vigorous, replacement program” for old sewer pipes, according to San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor.
The sinkhole “was a lot bigger than last night,” Puente said on Monday morning.