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VIDEO: Woman pulled from car partially submerged in central El Paso sinkhole


Video shows people pulling a woman out of a car submerged partially underwater at the site of a sinkhole on Gateway Boulevard South near Yandell Drive in central El Paso Tuesday Aug. 9, 2022 (Credit :Daniel Hernandez)Thumbnail
Video shows people pulling a woman out of a car submerged partially underwater at the site of a sinkhole on Gateway Boulevard South near Yandell Drive in central El Paso Tuesday Aug. 9, 2022 (Credit :Daniel Hernandez)Thumbnail
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A woman was pulled from a car partially submerged underwater at the site of a sinkhole in central El Paso Tuesday, a viewer video of the rescue showed.

The video showed bystanders and El Paso Fire Department crews pulling the woman out of the rear windshield of a white car at the intersection of Gateway Boulevard South near Yandell Drive.

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People were like ma’am get out of the car, but she was an older lady," said Daniel Hernandez, witness. "And I mean these guys were trying to open the door by trying to get her out of there, but they didn’t have anything to break the windows. So fire department got here in time, thirty seconds more and she would’ve been dead.

One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, El Paso police said.

Our crew saw a downed traffic light, and a fence at the intersection along with large pools of water.

“We can see back there the car is completely gone so we don’t know how big the sinkhole is but we know it’s enough for an entire car to fit in," said Enrique Dueñas-Aguilar, El Paso Fire Department spokesperson.

The car remains in the sinkhole.

Traffic was diverted at North Boone Street.

The intersection is closed until further notice.

TxDOT and El Paso Water also responded to the scene.

The incident happened after heavy rain made its way over parts of El Paso around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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