Man swallowed up by 30ft sinkhole in Florida
Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.
Friday 01 March 2013
It really was the stuff of nightmares. Just before midnight on Thursday, a large sinkhole appeared underneath 36-year-old Jeffrey Bush’s bedroom in his home near Tampa, Florida, trapping him under rubble in a void that this morning was said to be 30ft wide, 20ft deep and expanding.
“I heard a loud crash, like a car coming through the house,” Mr Bush’s brother, Jeremy, told local news station WFTS. “I heard my brother screaming and I ran back there and tried going inside his room... all I seen was this big hole, a real big hole, and all I saw was his mattress.”
Sinkholes are common in central Florida, though they rarely swallow people. When police arrived, they pulled Jeremy Bush from the still-growing hole, but found no sign of his brother.
The neighbouring houses were evacuated as a precaution.
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