Monster sinkhole swallows up van after heavy rain

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By , WCBS 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A giant sinkhole opened up and swallowed a van in the Bronx, New York during Monday’s heavy rain and flooding.

The sinkhole grew larger before devouring the van at Radcliff and Pierce avenues in Morris Park.

WCBS-TV captured stunning video of the van disappearing into the sinkhole as the street gave way.

“I’m all right, I’m all right,” van owner Tony Papadodoulos told the station.

Papadodoulos said he came outside to smoke a cigarette and saw his van teetering by the hole. He said he was just thankful he wasn’t inside the vehicle.

“Lose the van, it’s life,” he said.

Crews remove the van from the sinkhole on Radcliff Avenue in Morris Park on Monday night
Crews remove the van from the sinkhole on Radcliff Avenue in Morris Park on Monday night. Photo credit Citizen App

Monday’s wild weather flooded roadways, sidewalks and subway stations, especially in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.

The Department of Environmental Protection couldn’t confirm Monday’s storms caused the sinkhole. The agency and Con Edison are investigating, but residents said a sinkhole opened up on the same block about a year ago.

Mayor Eric Adams visited the site of the sinkhole on Tuesday morning, tweeting, "Thank God there were no injuries."

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