Sinkhole swallows car with Rockville Centre resident Gayle Sorrentino inside

Gayle Sorrentino's car in the sinkhole. (2/21/14)

ROCKVILLE CENTRE - A Rockville Centre woman escaped injury this afternoon after a large sinkhole swallowed her car as she was pulling into her driveway.

Gayle Sorrentino says she was simply trying to park the car when it suddenly started sinking into the ground.  Once she realized what had happened, she grew increasingly concerned that she could be in serious trouble.

“The sand around started to come down a little bit,” said Sorrentino about her ordeal.  “I just didn’t know if it was going to stay stationary or if it was going to collapse.”

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Sorrentino used her cellphone to call 911.  Fire officials responded to the scene on Driscol Avenue, lifting her out of the driver’s side window and out of the hole.

“She remained calm throughout the whole event,” said Rockville Centre Fire Chief John Thorp.

Police are now trying to determine if the hole was an old drywell or a cesspool that wasn’t filled.

Sorrentino says she was not injured at all during the incident.

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