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A huge sinkhole that opened up yesterday on 79th Street between 5th Avenue and 4th Avenue is being blamed on the failure of a 50 inch sewer pipe.
The large cavity nearly enveloped a car as it opened up a 20-foot section of asphalt, according to CBS 2.
1010 Wins reporter Joe Montone spoke with Annette Flood, who says she parked her car near the hole shortly before the ground gave way.
“We narrowly missed being involved in something worse,” she said.
At least one Youtube video, apparently shot by a neighbor, shows emergency workers preparing to “delicately” pull the car away from the chasm. According to reports, crews rigged a device together, seemingly using a collection of randomly available parts – including a band to wrap around the car.
“They put a band around the middle of it,” Flood said. ”I really don’t know how they got it out, but they did.”
Officials from the the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] cited a busted 112-year-old sewer pipe as the cause of the cavity.