Photo of SUV swallowed by sinkhole in Cooper City
Photo: Broward County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Broward County Sheriff's Office

Grandmother, grandson almost swallowed by Florida sinkhole at McDonald's

The woman and her 4-year-old boy were approaching the drive-thru at the Cooper City McDonald’s when a small sinkhole swallowed the front end of their Toyota SUV, WPLG reports. Both were able to escape, but it left a toll on them.

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"She was a bit nervous, especially being by herself with her grandson," Michelle Otero, the boy’s mother, told WPLG.

Mike Jachles, spokesman for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office of Fire Rescue, said the grandmother noticed the sinkhole and stopped just before it began, but as it widened, the SUV sank into the hole.

According to WPLG, a water main break is believed to be the cause of the sinkhole with authorities set to replace the 12-inch water main for the restaurant.

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