Sinkhole strands 6 cars at Lancaster County outlets


Six vehicles became stranded when a large sinkhole opened Friday in the parking lot of the Tanger Outlets in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County. 

Officials don’t yet know what caused the sinkhole. No one was injured.

Crews were working all night to tow out the cars that were stuck.

Haley Weaver just pulled into her parking spot at around 5 p.m., ready to shop.

“All of the sudden I feel this shaking,” said Weaver. “I thought it was an earthquake or something. I look up and my car’s slanted.”

She was in engulfed in what officers at the scene said is a 20-foot deep sinkhole.

Kind people walking by the East Lampeter Township shops jumped into action.

“They had to pull me out of the passenger side of my car. It was scary,” said Weaver.

“We actually heard a noise,” said Nicole Cartagena, who called 911. “It sounded like a crunch. It wasn’t terribly loud, and then we just turned around to see where it was coming from and saw all six cars in the ground already. They all went down at once.”

“From what I’m being told, it just came down slowly, sinking down slowly, and came to a final rest,” said Officer Sam Sanger from the East Lampeter Township Police Department.

State Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) said she stopped by the outlets after work to do a little back-to-school shopping with family.

“We parked the car and went into the store and the next thing we know, our car is in a sinkhole,” Delozier said.

Delozier’s car has damage from the collapse. She says in just an hour, the sinkhole spread, trapping her vehicle even more.

“When we first got here, my car was on the macadam, and now it’s sunk a lot more, so it’s getting a little bit worse,” said Delozier.

The pavement under two vehicles nearby quickly cracked. Those were the first to be towed, at around 10 p.m.

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