Authorities in Texas say a part-time deputy was killed when a sinkhole swallowed her car late yesterday.
The hole, estimated to be at least 20 feet deep, opened Sunday at the scene of a sewer main rupture on the southwest side of the city. In the dark, two vehicles unwittingly drove into the hole; the first overturned and submerged in water, while the driver of the second car was in “good shape” at a hospital after being rescued.
Emergency crews spent the night trying to rescue the driver of the first vehicle, which was 90-percent submerged in the murky, fast-flowing water. But that mission has now become a recovery operation.
Monday afternoon, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the victim was a reserve deputy. They say Deputy Dora Linda Nishihara had been with the sheriff’s office since 2009, most recently working part-time at the county courthouse.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family,” they tweeted.
Meanwhile, a crane has arrived at the scene to help pull the vehicle from the hole.
KABB-TV says city crews were not sure if the hole was caused by the sewage leak, or if the leak was caused by the hole.
We are heartbroken to confirm Deputy Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara passed away after her car fell into a sinkhole Sunday. pic.twitter.com/fETVaqrrCJ
— Bexar County Sheriff (@BexarCoSheriff) December 5, 2016