A massive Baltimore sinkhole consumed at least 10 cars on Wednesday after it opened up and left a scene reminiscent of an action movie. One motorist who lost his car to the sinkhole said that it all happened in just a matter of seconds.
Apparently, the ground just caved in and "cars just kind of slid down," the motorist said. The Baltimore sinkhole appeared suddenly right beside the CSK railroad tracks, which are located in the northeast of Baltimore.
Following the sinkhole, local residents in the surrounding areas were ordered to evacuate their homes as a precaution while a local authority building inspector rushed to the scene to assess the damage.
The mayor of the city, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, visited the scene of the Baltimore sinkhole, reporting that there were fortunately, and quite miraculously, no injuries. The cars that fell into the sinkhole were all empty at the time.
The mayor told reporters that this isn't the first time Baltimore has had to deal with a sinkhole such as this one and even has a dedicated team that uses full resources to "deal with this as efficiently as possible, focus on safety."
Authorities will, of course, test the integrity of the road and surrounding buildings in order to ensure the safety of local residents as much as possible. According to residents, they have complained numerous times about the street where the Baltimore sinkhole occurred.
One woman said that the cracks in the road had been getting wider for some time and the sinkhole was half expected. The city apparently tried to fix the problem with blacktop a number of times but to no avail, and the winter snow made the crack deeper each year.
Residents who live across from the street where the Baltimore sinkhole occurred, were not allowed to return to their homes for the time being as building inspectors were assessing the structural impact and checking gas lines.