Couple Survives Sinkhole And Seconds Later Their Car Plummets 20 Feet

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Vinny and Janet Coyne thought they were going to die inside a large sinkhole in Florida, according to Fox 13 News. 

“I thought I was gonna get buried alive,” said Vinny. It all happened when the couple were picking up lunch at the Checkers on State Road 200 in Ocala and as they pulled out of the drive thru the ground collapsed under their car. 

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“The front of the car went down. I saw the opening!” Vinny said. “I thought ‘Oh my God! What are we going to do here?’” His wife jumped out and started screaming for him to get out, “I just got out of there,” Janet said. “I couldn’t tell you what is sounded like or nothing.” 20 seconds after both Janet and Vinny jumped out of the car, the car plummeted 20 feet straight down into the sink hole.

“I was frozen. People were grabbing me out of the car.,” Vinny said. “Probably 30 seconds later, it fell down into the hole.” A quarter of a mile away from where the Vinny and Janet’s sinkhole was, a second sinkhole opened near the Goodwill on SW 27th street. 

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Darren Park, the City of Ocala’s Public Works Director, told FOX 35 News that small pockets of the city for more than six inches of rain in two hours over the weekend, making the ground ripe for a sinkhole. 

While the Coynes’ hope their car can be replaced, they said, “Thank God we’re OK.” Janet continued saying, “I’m so happy.”

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