Friday, 12 Aug 2022

Moment van swallowed by sinkhole after severe thunderstorms in New York

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A giant sinkhole swallowed up a workman’s van whole after severe thunderstorms battered New York City.

Video recorded by CBS2 shows a white van sitting at the edge of cracking pavement with dirt slowly falling underneath. The rear back wheel already hangs off the side of the concrete slab. Eventually, the chunk of concrete gives, and the van rolls to its side down the sinkhole.

Leading up to the dramatic moment, the van’s owner Tony Papadodoulos reassured the TV station that he was not concerned because he was ‘alive’.

‘I’m alright. I’m alright. Lose the van. Lose the van,’ he said. ‘It’s life.’


The sinkhole on Radcliffe Avenue in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx had been growing and reached at least three car lengths. No one was injured.

City Department of Environmental Protection officials were not able to immediately determine whether the massive storms on Monday caused the sinkhole to form. However, it began sinking and worsening during the deluge.

The department and Con Edison are investigating the incident. On Tuesday, the van was removed and the sinkhole was being filled.

Meanwhile, neighbors claim it is the second sinkhole on the block in less than a year.


‘It happened August 15 and it took them three months for them to fix the work and we didn’t have water,’ said resident Joey Saadah. ‘Now, we’re gonna have no water, of course.’

Neighbors were without water following the sink.

The environmental protection department is investigating whether Monday’s sinkhole was related to the other one in the area last year.

Flash floods on Monday inundated several lanes on the Major Deegan Expressway and caused a traffic backup. Water flowed over sidewalks and streets from Highbridge to Hunts Point.

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