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Sinkhole swallows car: 'The car was nice, now look at it'

Sinkhole swallows car: 'The car was nice, now look at it'
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — David Williams said he got a phone call about 5:30 a.m. Friday. His car was partially underground.

Stuart Patteson, Bakersfield Public Works operations manager, said Williams' parked car was swallowed by a sinkhole at 1st and L streets, created by a deteriorated 36-inch sewer trunk line.

Patteson said they pulled the car out of the sinkhole and started examining the extent of damage to the sewer line. Repairs will come next.

"Damage is horrible, it's horrible," Williams said of his ride, which was swallowed up trunk-first. "The car was nice, now look at it. It's real bad."

Patteson said the street was already slated for repairs next week.
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