A New York man is counting his blessings this Thanksgiving Day after a large sinkhole opened up in Queens – ultimately swallowing his vehicle.
According to NBC New York, he would have been in the car if he hadn’t taken the day off work.
Taking his dog for a walk, Wanzdi Sherpa couldn’t believe his eyes at the scene right in front of his house as his brother’s car was swallowed by the ground.
“I’m very shocked right, very shocked because this was right in front of my house,” Sherpa said, adding he has never seen anything like it.
New York City Council Member Robert Holden posted pictures on social media of the astonishing scene where the front half of an SUV can be seen inside the massive sinkhole that opened up in a street, right near the curb.
Sherpa said all he could see was the back portion of the SUV sticking up from the massive hole.
Thupten Topjy, Sherpa’s brother, is now worried his means of making a living is in jeopardy.
However, Topjy says he is thankful because he typically begins his shift at the very time his ride was swallowed by the hole.
“I feel lucky today,” he said.
The NYPD and FDNY responded to the scene for site safety, according to Holden, who also added that the sinkhole prompted street closures as the problem is remedied.
Crews hoisted the SUV out of the crater and secured the hole, as Topjy wonders what caused the pavement to give way.
It is unclear what caused the sinkhole.