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A passenger car sank in a very large sinkhole while driving in Southern Pines Sunday night.

Emergency responders were dispatched at 7:56 pm to a vehicle that was reportedly sinking in a sinkhole on West Wisconsin Avenue near the SE Service Road.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a passenger vehicle that had sank several feet below the top of the roadway into a sinkhole spanning the width of the roadway.

Water had undermined a large pipe running under the road at this location causing the roadway to sink as the vehicle was driving across it.

The two occupants of the car were able to get out of the vehicle and were not injured.

West Wisconsin Avenue has been closed in both directions in the area of the SE Service Road with barricades placed across the roadway.

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This incident follows a large amount of rain where Moore County has been under a tornado watch, a thunderstorm warning, and a flood advisory this evening.

With heavy rain still falling as of this report there are many areas of standing water on the roadways. Residents are urged not to travel, but if you must drive please exercise extreme caution.

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Responding to this incident tonight were units with Southern Pines Fire & Rescue and the Southern Pines Police Department.

Moore County remains under a Flash Flood Warning untill 3:00 am Monday morning.

(Updated with additional photo 4/16/18 12:30 pm)

 

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