Sinkhole forms following heavy rainfall



On June 10, 2017, Ocala Fire Rescue responded to Checkers, located at 2701 SW College Road, after torrential rain caused a massive sinkhole that “swallowed” a car.

Both occupants of the vehicle, who were elderly, were able to escape the car before it was claimed by the sinkhole.

State Road 200 was closed between Southwest 27th Avenue and Southwest 26th Street for several hours.

OFR officials said that a gas line ruptured as a result of the 25 foot wide sinkhole. The gas line has since been repaired.

Drivers in the area are urged to use caution.

No injuries were reported.