SAPD officer sucked in by sinkhole caused by water main break

An off-duty SAPD officer climbed out of a sinkhole near South Lion's Park after he drove into it Friday morning

SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio police officer is still shaken after being sucked into a sinkhole on the south side. A water main break near South Side Lions Park created puddles so deep that it submerged his car.

"He usually takes this as a cut through to get to his house," SAPD Sergeant Marshall Campbell said. "Apparently he found a sinkhole."

SAPD says that the officer was able to get out unharmed.

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) said that crews placed cones in the area around 1 a.m. once they received a report that a 16-inch main had broken. They said that the off-duty officer may not have seen that the area was impacted when he got there around 6 a.m.

"He was shocked," Sgt. Campbell said. "When you think you're going home just to end your shift and this is what you meet."

However, neighbors said that even home isn't the safest place right now if you live in the area.

"We just moved in, this is our first week living here," said Jose Izaguirre, a neighbor who lives nearby. "We saw all the water coming in and some of it went into our garage."

SAWS says that they expect the water main to be fixed by late Friday night. The hole should also be repaired and the road reopened at that time.

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