CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A frightening situation in Cape Coral early Friday morning as the road gave out in front of an SUV.
The two people inside were delivering the News-Press in the 900 block of Southwest 6th Court. It happened in a utilities expansion project area.
The city is laying large pipes in these neighborhoods, and is now investigating what happened, in hopes that it won't happen again.
A routine trip turned into a trap for two News-Press delivery people, as the soft dirt in the utilities expansion project area suddenly gave out, and the vehicle dropped into what police are calling construction-caused hole.
The people inside the SUV didn't feel comfortable speaking on camera, but tell WINK News "it was a scary situation."
Police say the hole was 8 feet deep, and 6 feet wide. A neighbor tells WINK News, he can't believe it happened. His wife, getting ready for work, saw the commotion. "She woke up this morning, she saw a lot of police in this area," said Roger Vernet.
The UEP is bringing city water, sewer and irrigation to homes in a section of Cape Coral.
Its director tells WINK News every night after work, crews cover up the road up with dirt, and after this mornings incident: "We received a call. We immediately called all the inspectors and a construction crew came out," said Director Paul Clinghan.
The city is now investigating what happened, and is coming up with a plan to prevent it from happening again.
"We're going to sit down with our engineers and contractors to find a way to mitigate this so something like this won't occur again. It could be more.. the materials. How they're placed back. The conditions," he explained.
If there's any damage to the vehicle, Clinghan says the contractor should pay for it.
He says this is also another reminder to be extra cautious around these construction areas. If you have a question or concern about UEP construction, call the city's Citizen Action Center.