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US man 'swallowed' by 20ft sinkhole under bedroom

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Sat, Mar 02, 2013 09:00 hrs

A 36-year-old man was presumed dead after a large crater opened up under the bedroom of his Tampa home and swallowed him.

In a matter of seconds, the earth opened under Jeff Bush's bedroom and swallowed him up like something out of a horror movie.

The only thing left was the TV cable running down into the hole, the New York Daily News reported.

Bush was presumed dead on Friday as he fell into a sinkhole - a hazard so common in Florida that state law requires home insurers to provide coverage against the danger.

The sinkhole, estimated at 20 feet across and 20 feet deep, caused the home's concrete floor to cave in around 11 pm.

As everyone in the Tampa-area house was turning in for the night on Thursday, a loud crash was heard that sounded like a car hitting the house and brought Bush's brother running.

Jeremy Bush said he jumped into the hole but couldn't see his brother and had to be rescued himself by a sheriff's deputy, who reached out and pulled him to safety as the ground crumbled around him.

County administrator Mike Merrill described the home as "seriously unstable."

He said no one can go in the home because officials were afraid of another collapse and losing more lives.

The soil around the home was very soft and the sinkhole was expected to grow.

More than 500 sinkholes have been reported in Hillsborough County alone since the government started keeping track in 1954, according to the state's environmental agency. (ANI)




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