A Hawaii sinkhole that swallowed a truck whole left Big Island resident Velma Deluz thankful to be alive. NBC affiliate Hawaii News Now reported Tuesday that severe weather contributed to a sinkhole opening up in the middle of the road on the island of Hilo.
Deluz, a resident of Paauilo, was driving to work Monday morning on the Big Island after a weekend of major rainstorms when Pohakea Mauka Road gave way under her pickup truck, causing her and her entire truck to plummet into the hole.
It's as if the hole literally "ate" her truck.
"When I made the turn, the road just sucked me right in, and then I just fell in," Deluz said. "I tried to climb out through the window because it fell on its side."
Deluz suffered a few minor injuries to her ribs but was otherwise unharmed.
The hole opened up over a culvert, causing the truck to fall completely through to the bottom where a strong stream passes through. The heavy rains had washed away the upper supports, weakening the road.
Approximately 100 individuals were stranded up the hill, according to officials. Pohakea Mauka Road is the only means of exit for residents that live in the area. Crews were working throughout today to fix the sinkhole.
Sinkholes have been opening up all over the country lately: