- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A sinkhole that opened above an old mine shaft in Lafayette nearly swallowed an SUV whole and could take months to repair.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports (https://bit.ly/1u0O17T ) the 15-foot-deep sinkhole opened early Monday on a street above what used to be the main shaft of the Simpson coal mine.

Lafayette spokeswoman Debbie Wilmot says the man in the SUV told investigators he was driving through what he thought was a pothole when he felt the asphalt suddenly collapse around him. Police stabilized the vehicle long enough for the driver to get out without being injured. The SUV was then towed to safety.

Wilmot says the mine, which was shut down 88 years ago, had been filled in. But it appears recent rains caused the fill to erode.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/

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