Driver recalls hole swallowing his car

Huge hole swallows car

"I didn't think it was real for a minute because you don't expect something like that to happen," said Matt Jacques.

It was a Monday morning nightmare for Jacques when his car was swallowed by a huge hole caused by a water main break near 11 Truman Blvd. in Beverly Hills in Citrus County.

"My front two tires ... I felt them both drop and I was like whoa what the heck and I tried to reverse and they just kept sliding in and it just started sucking my whole car down," said Jacques.

Seconds later Jacques knew he had to act quickly.

"I saw water coming in and through the side of the door and I was like I better get out of here and I'm glad I did," said Jacques.

He did just in time because all but the tire was submerged, Jacques was glad he was alone.

"That could have been bad news. Man, if I would have had my daughter with me or anybody even my dog," said Jacques.

"Pretty bizarre, pretty bizarre," said Bruce Gillespie, who witnessed everything right in front of his house.

"I noticed that there was a lot of water bubbling up out in the road and a truck come by, his tail end and it made it out and a white car came in behind it and it went into the hole," said Gillespie.

Work crews need to pump all the water out of that hole so they can repair the broken pipe and fill in the hole.

So what caused the water main to break in the first place? And what about Jacques' car? He has only liability insurance.

"I'm not trying to get rich off this. I just need a vehicle," said Jacques.

10News WTSP called Rolling Oaks Utilities several times to get answers for worried neighbors and Jacques, but so far no one has returned the calls.

"I mean something has got to happen, I'm out of a vehicle now and that sucks."

Jacques is just glad nobody was hurt.

At last check the water was back on in the neighborhood, the hole was filled and the road was being repaired.

 

(© 2016 WTSP)


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