50-Foot Wide Sinkhole Swallows Over a Dozen Cars at Mississippi IHOP

A large sinkhole swallowed vehicles in the parking lot of the new IHOP restaurant in Meridian, Mississippi. (PHOTO CREDIT: @nolatab88)
A large sinkhole swallowed vehicles in the parking lot of the new IHOP restaurant in Meridian, Mississippi. (PHOTO CREDIT: @nolatab88)

A giant ‘sinkhole’ about 50-feet wide opened up in an IHOP parking lot in Mississippi over the weekend, swallowing at least 14 vehicles, officials said.

At about 7:15 p.m. CT Saturday night, “we received a call of vehicles going through the pavement at the IHOP in Meridian,” Patrol Lieutenant Rita Jack with Meridian Police told NBC News.

“When we arrived on scene, 14 to 15 vehicles that we could see had fallen roughly 30 feet into the ground. We expect that there may be more and that they may fall further into the ground because there is only mud underneath.”

Rain in the forecast could hamper the recovery effort, but officials expected to start moving cars within three to five days.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Molly Roecker and Hasani Gittens

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