The sinkhole in Cajeme. The sinkhole in Cajeme.

Sinkhole in Cajeme, Sonora, claims vehicle during heavy rain

The owner hopes to receive compensation from the local government

A large sinkhole swallowed a vehicle whole in Cajeme, Sonora, after heavy rains on Wednesday.

Gorgonio Barraza Díaz, 40, had driven to drop off a friend in his Dodge Durango. When he returned the way he came, driving slowly in the heavy rain, he felt a sudden impact. The airbags exploded and everything went dark.

Barraza’s first thought was that he had driven into a ditch on the side of the road, or collided with something. But when he exited the vehicle, he found himself in a large hole. He climbed up to the pavement but seeing that the car was sinking, quickly went back to grab his cellphone and possessions, before climbing to safety.

Municipal police arrived to cordon off the sinkhole, which may have been caused by the recent rains.

Barraza, a baker and the father of five children, said he hopes to receive compensation for his lost vehicle from the local government.

“I very much need my car for my business, I’m a baker. I deliver bread to the business that order it,” he said.

With reports from El Universal

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