- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a 60-year-old farm worker was killed after a sinkhole opened near a field on the outskirts of Phoenix.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man as Guadalupe Gomez Nila of Queen Creek.

The 15-foot-wide sinkhole formed between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday as the man was working. Queen Creek spokeswoman Constance Halonen-Wilson said witnesses reported seeing him get out of his truck and disappearing a short time later.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Detective Doug Matteson said the man was walking to the back of the truck and taking off his work belt when he was swallowed. It took authorities several hours to retrieve the body.

Queen Creek is a suburb about 40 miles southeast of Phoenix.

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