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Mother_Marjorie
Apr 24th, 2006, 01:43 PM
Man dies when large hole opens in home

Monday, April 24, 2006; Posted: 9:07 a.m. EDT (13:07 GMT)

ALTA, California (AP) -- It was like a scene from a horror film: A 27-year-old man plummeted into a gaping hole that suddenly opened beneath a house, trapping him beneath foundation rubble and killing him.

Authorities say the home, built in the 1980s, may have been sitting atop a decades-old underground mine. Recent rains could have softened the ground under the home, in an isolated area near Lake Alta.

"It's unbelievable," Placer County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Dena Erwin said. "From the front of the house, it's absolutely normal. Then, in the middle of the house, is this enormous hole." (Watch for the gaping dimensions of the hole -- 1:54)

The victim was awake and on the ground floor about 9:30 p.m. Friday when the concrete foundation near the kitchen gave way, sending him plunging into to the ground, Erwin said.

Rescuers had trouble reaching him because the ground began to shift, creating an unsafe situation for work crews. Authorities returned to the home Sunday to try and remove the man's body, though geologists were still testing the house's soundness.

The man's identity hadn't been positively established.

Solitaire
Apr 24th, 2006, 01:50 PM
WoW Poor guy. :sad: This sounds like sink holes in FL. They just bust open out of nowhere and then ur F*cked.

nikita771
Apr 24th, 2006, 05:12 PM
That is so freakish. I was shocked when I heard the story earlier.

Sally Struthers
Apr 24th, 2006, 05:14 PM
When it's your time to go it's your time to go :sad:

controlfreak
Apr 24th, 2006, 08:01 PM
Sounds like a story which recently happened in my house: "Man nearly dies when large ass hole opens in home" :tape:

Josh B.
Apr 24th, 2006, 10:01 PM
its an old mine underneath, i just learned about these incidents in geology due to the overlaying rock giving way

PointBlank
Apr 25th, 2006, 12:23 AM
My aunts house in Florida had a sink whole. All thats left of it now is a huge ditch looking thing with trees and grass growing on it.

DemWilliamsGulls
Apr 25th, 2006, 01:17 AM
Those grounds over there in California are just dangerous..bless his heart...some people die some terrible deaths...just pray and hope you leave peacefully.

Brooklyn90
Apr 25th, 2006, 01:18 AM
that sucks

Jakeev
Apr 25th, 2006, 06:56 AM
Those grounds over there in California are just dangerous..bless his heart...some people die some terrible deaths...just pray and hope you leave peacefully.

Actually that depends where you live. Sandy grounds are definitely dangerous but California also is made up of very hard clay soil too.