Driver Escapes after Haile Plantation Sinkhole Swallows Jeep
Published August 21st, 2012
HAILE PLANTATION- One gainesville man found himself in a tight spot Tuesday evening, while trying to park his car.
59 year old retiree, Bill Clark was driving his Jeep Wrangler through his Haile Plantation neighborhood parking lot when his vehicle fell into a sinkhole, “It was frightening, it was scary to have that happen, I didn’t really know what was happening,” recounts Clark
Clark was able to walk away unscathed for the most part after falling into what he describes as an 8 foot hole.
He states, “I jumped out and hurt my back in the process.”
And from what neighbors are saying, Mr.Clark’s accident represents a problem that was thought to be solved.
Treasurer of the Neighborhood's Homeowner Association, Ron Bunker says,“We have had problems in this area before over the last couple of years, so basically what the Jeep fell through was a patch.”
Clark adds, “This happened 5 years ago to this very spot and all they did was they shoveled sand into the hole and they covered it with asphalt and the sand washes out and creates another sinkhole.”
After escaping the trapped vehicle, Clark was able to assess the situation from the safety of a nearby sidewalk.
“When I was 17 I wanted a Jeep Wrangler and I finally got one and now this.”
Alachua County Sheriffs deputies and neighbors stood alongside Clark awaiting the arrival of a “Boom” truck that would be capable of removing the jeep without much damage.
Both Clark and Bunker noted that the sinkhole appears to be growing.
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