A man is dead after a cesspool collapsed in the Long Island town of Huntington on May 24, 2017, spawning a gigantic sinkhole that swallowed him alive.
Crews were still filling in the massive sinkhole on Wednesday night after a frantic rescue effort involving dozens of firefighters, police officers and workers failed to save the man.
Sinkhole Swallows Man in Huntington[NY] Sinkhole Swallows Man in Huntington
Emergency services were frantically searching for a man who was swallowed by a sinkhole on Long Island Wednesday.
Police say a crew was installing the cesspool at a Beech Place home when it collapsed shortly before 1 p.m., leaving a gaping hole that consumed the entire front yard and ate the top half of the driveway.
The worker was sucked in. Another worker nearly suffered the same fate but managed to grab ahold of construction equipment as Sinnott was pulled down.
Chopper 4 showed an extensive emergency presence at the scene. A large crane was sifting through mud and other debris. Later, crews brought in a device to suck muck out of the hole.
First responders planted a large American flag at the site as they worked, and anxious family members, co-workers and neighbors watched as mounds of dirt were scooped from the hole.
Hours after the collapse, the worker still hadn’t been found, and sources said a rescue effort for him had changed to a recovery effort for his body. He was pulled from the dirt shortly before 7 p.m. and he was pronounced dead at the scene.