Feb 18, 2009
I'm sinking and can't get out
My day was going just great. I left to go keep the kids for the couples hours between DD and SIL work shift, like I always do. I was nearly there when suddenly the front end of my van just went completely down. WOW talk about traumatized, I didn't know what in the world was going on. But it just keep sinking so I tried to open the door to get a look and the door won't open. So, I rolled the window down to see that the front end of my car had fallen down so far that the tires were barely visible. I freaked out. I immediately called my son in law, Cliff and said get here quick. I don't know what's going on but the front of my van has sunk so low that one of the back tires is now off the ground by this time. I said please hurry and bring chains and the 4 wheel drive. I had gotten out of the side door, and of course it seemed like forever before they got there, but in actuality it wasn't but a matter of minutes. The man from across the road came over too, seeing that something was wrong. He kept saying it still sinking and finally after about the third time he said that I told him please don't say that every time you do I feel more stress. Then i could see my help coming to the rescue. Oh boy I could tell by the look on Cliff face he was not happy, He thought I had drove off into a hole. But honest there was no hole, but do you think men believe women when it comes to driving. I said Cliff you know me better then that I would never drive through a hole. After a few tries they finally managed to get me pulled out. WHEW, I could breathe again. So after they got me pulled out we stuck a 5 foot shovel down into this big hole and never did hit bottom. Turns out it was a sink hole it was about 4 foot across and 4 foot wide, and who knows how deep, it was completely full of water. Talk about scary! Once I realized how lucky I was, knowing this could have been a far worse situation, I was actually grateful. When at first I thought no one believes me, honest it was a road when I went over it and it just disappeared, and now after they seen that shovel disappear they knew it was a sink hole, don't know how deep, but I called and reported it and we found some railroad ties to keep anyone else from driving through it thinking it was just water one the road. Geez, when I look back I think lucky me, I could have drown in that big water filled hole, and I guess being I was in a van helped. Gosh if this had of happened to someone in on of those small short compact cars the out come might not have been so good.