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Sinkhole Filled With 12ft Of Water Swallows Cars And Kills Woman In Texas

'There was no way she was going to survive.'

06/12/2016 11:46 GMT | Updated 06/12/2016 11:55 GMT

A police officer has been killed and two other people were hurt when their vehicles plunged into a water-filled sinkhole in Texas.

Off duty sheriff’s deputy Dora Linda Nishihara, was killed when the sinkhole opened in San Antonio on Sunday night.

A crane was used to retrieve her car from 12ft deep waters, with the 69-year-old’s body found inside the vehicle.  

San Antonio Fire Department
The sinkhole opened in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday night 
San Antonio Fire Department
Two cars fell into the 12ft deep waters 

Robert Puente, president of San Antonio Water System, told NBC news Nishihara’s car was 90% submerged and he didn’t know how long she had been in the water.

He added: “There was no way she was going to survive. The car was upside down.”

Tweets from the Bexar County Sheriff’s office said Nishihara’s colleagues were “heartbroken” to confirm her death and are “assisting her family as they deal with this tragedy.” 

San Antonio Fire Department
The sinkhole appeared after a sewer line erupted 

Utility officials say the sinkhole appeared after a sewer line ruptured during heavy rain earlier Sunday.

Authorities say two passers-by rescued a driver from another vehicle that went into the sinkhole

That driver and one of his rescuers were treated for minor injuries.

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Deputy Dora Linda Nishihara died after her vehicle plunged into the waters