Transcript for More Than a Dozen Cars Collapse Into the Ground at IHOP Parking Lot in Mississippi
In the meantime we turn of the state of emergency declared in parts of Mississippi today a look at this the earth giving Wei a massive. Cave in is what they're calling it swallowing cars outside and I hopper restaurant while families inside watched in disbelief. And tonight the mystery as investigators search for clues to what caused it. ABC's Lindsay Janice that. It closed doesn't look real. Tonight investigators trying to figure out what created this gaping hole roughly thirty feet deep and the length about football field in this I hop parking lot. Witnesses say it was a typical Saturday night in Meridian, Mississippi. The pancake house packed winds suddenly the ground outside opening up swallowing. More than a dozen parked cars. Everyone in our hot when it's up panning. Incredibly no one was inside or near their cars at the time. Tonight officials saying it could be days before the vehicles are pulling out. And the mayor Dick clearing that state of emergency as engineers try to solve the mystery of what caused the ground next to this brand new restaurant to bust open. Lindsay Janice ABC news New York.
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