PHOTOS: Truman Boulevard now open after car sunk in huge water-filled hole

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BEVERLY HILLS, Fla. (WFLA) –– A man inside a car that sank in a large water-filled hole on the road, managed to make it out of the car safely before it went underwater.

Matt Jacques takes Truman Blvd. every day to work. Except for today, he wouldn’t make it to the light.

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“There was a pickup truck in front of me and he drives through. The road just look sandy at the time it wasn’t all wet,” said Jacques.

A water-filled hole formed in the road in front of a home at 11 Truman Boulevard. Since it was hard to see in the dark at 7:30 a.m., Jacques kept driving until his front tires got stuck in Beverly Hills.

A water main broke, causing the massive hole to open up.

“It happened pretty quick. I was maybe only a couple of minutes. And like I said the water just started coming up from the bottom. You can tell that the ground just started giving out,” he said.

Bruce Gillespie watched it all happen from his front lawn.

“I told 911 that there’s a water main break and there’s a car in the hole and he said, what,” said Gillespie.

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Citrus County Sheriff’s Office photo


He saw Jacques fall in, moments later, the car sank.

“The hole grew fast. Once that pipe just started moving dirt out the way, it just kept bubbling up, bubbling up, bubbling up,” said Gillespie.

Jacques escaped just in time.

He said, “Water started to come up through the bottom of the car, so started leaning forward, so I just jumped out the side. Pretty much that was it.”

Truman Boulevard was closed for hours as crews worked to repair the line and fill the hole with dirt.

Jacques said he’s not sure if his insurance will cover the loss and hopes someone will help him.

“I don’t know, hopefully, the state or the county or somebody will help me out. I don’t know, I’m without a ride and that’s no good,” he said.

Crews finished fixing the road Monday evening. Stay with WFLA News Channel 8 for updates.

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