Two City of Tulsa utility workers got a serious scare when a 9-foot-deep sinkhole suddenly opened up beneath their truck and the back end of the truck fell in.
It's not clear exactly what caused the sinkhole, but it collapsed as the truck was pulling away from a stop sign at the intersection of 47th West Avenue and 4th Street in northwest Tulsa.
The driver of the truck said he heard a "cracking" sound as the front end of the large truck lurched upward.
"I looked at my worker and it was like, man, what's going on?" said James Thomas. "By then it was totally sinking, so we just tried to get up out of there before it just totally went in that hole. It was very scary."
He and his passenger then jumped out.
They were not hurt.
Crews tried to use a large tow truck to pull on a front end of the truck and a backhoe to lift the back end, but were unable at first to extricate the heavy truck from the hole.
The truck is one of the vacuum trucks used to clean leaves from storm sewers and clear obstructions from sanitary sewers.