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Sinkhole swallows York family's car

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

A York family literally lost their car in a sinkhole Saturday morning after a water main broke on Edison Street and spilled water for two hours.

"The water was rushing everywhere so fast. I never thought it would happen on our street in York city, not like this," car owner Carolee Thumma said.

"It looked like a river going down, it really did. It was bad," neighbor Pricilla Shultz said.

Edison Street was turned into a river and swallowed up a 1995 Ford Escort station wagon that belonged to Thumma and her mother.

"I asked the tow truck driver how deep it's in. It was a 7-foot hole," said Thumma. "It was sad, especially when they lifted it out of the hole. That's when it hit me. I started to cry a little bit. We are going to lose that little car."

Thumma says she parked the car in the spot that gave way.

"She likes to be able to look out the window to see the car," she said of her mother.

A last minute change of heart proved to be a poor decision.

"I was almost ready to turn the car off and I thought to myself, 'I better back it up so she can see it from the window,' and it was the worst decision I ever made," Thumma said.

She and her mother were the most affected by a break in a 58-year-old pipe. Thumma says the water company is paying for a rental car and reimbursing them for the value of their car.

"As of 6 p.m. yesterday, my mother had something she could depend on. I don't want to see her handed a check for $500 saying we are all done and good," said Thumma.

She says if they are paid $500, they won't be able to afford another trustworthy car.

Construction on Edison Street is expected to be completed by Monday evening.


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