San Antonio ‘sinkhole’ that swallowed car actually large pothole – San Antonio Express-News

A woman driving through an Alamo Ranch shopping center on Tuesday unsuspectingly drove into a pothole on Tuesday, according to the San Antonio Police Department.

Media reports and photos shared on social media show the entire front end of her car submerged in the asphalt. 

The crash occurred around 5 p.m. near Loop 1604 and Culebra Road on the far West Side, police said. 

The driver reportedly thought she was driving through a puddle at one of the main entrances of the Target, KENS 5 reported. 

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The woman was able to exit the vehicle safely but it took about two hours to get her vehicle out of the hole, the television station reported. 

“The vehicle was drive able and drove away from the scene with no issues,” an SAPD spokesman said. 

Big V Properties, which owns the plaza, did not return an email seeking comment. A spokesperson for the company told KENS 5 that the hole was caused by a water main break. 

Multiple news outlets report there being large amounts of water in the parking lot. 

Television stations and the San Antonio Police Department have referred to the situation as a “sinkhole.” However, those depressions are caused when aquifers subside and have a surface shelf collapse. 

“That was a pothole,” said Anne Hayden, a spokeswoman for the San Antonio Water System. “Less dramatic but more accurate.” 

Hayden said that because the water line that broke are owned by Big V. Properties, a private plumber was called to address the issue. 

A plumber working to fix the water main told KSAT that the hole measured about 5 feet deep. 

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