Half dozen cars SWALLOWED by a sinkhole in a Pennsylvania parking lot2 min read

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Half dozen cars SWALLOWED by a sinkhole in a Pennsylvania parking lot leaving one woman trapped inside her vehicle during the collapse

  • A sinkhole opened Friday in a shopping center parking lot in Lancaster City 
  • Six cars were swallowed by the sinkhole and remain stuck 
  • One woman was inside her vehicle during the collapse but was helped to safety
  • No injuries were reported and authorities can’t clear the cars until area is secure 

Associated Press

Six cars have been trapped by a sinkhole that opened up in the parking lot of a Pennsylvania outlet mall.

The hole swallowed the vehicles at about 4.30 pm Friday at Tanger Outlets just east of Lancaster City.

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A woman tells WGAL-TV she was inside one of the vehicles during the collapse, and described it like an earthquake. 

Bystanders helped her get out safely.

Vehicles sit at the bottom of a sinkhole that opened Friday in a parking lot at Tanger Outlets shopping center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania  Six cars were trapped by the sinkhole that opened up in the parking lot of the Pennsylvania outlet mall, but no one was hurt. (

Vehicles sit at the bottom of a sinkhole that opened Friday in a parking lot at Tanger Outlets shopping center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania  Six cars were trapped by the sinkhole that opened up in the parking lot of the Pennsylvania outlet mall, but no one was hurt. (

Vehicles sit at the bottom of a sinkhole that opened Friday in a parking lot at Tanger Outlets shopping center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania  Six cars were trapped by the sinkhole that opened up in the parking lot of the Pennsylvania outlet mall, but no one was hurt. (

No one was hurt, but the vehicles can’t be removed until the area is stable.

A woman who answered the phone at the mall office said ‘the photos don’t lie’ about the incident, then hung up.

Shoppers posted photos and videos from the scene on social media showing the cars lying under the parking lot and in the earth. 

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The Lafayette Fire Company has asked people to avoid the shopping center while it tries to remove the cars from the sinkhole and secure the area.

Lancaster is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Philadelphia.

Shoppers posted images and videos from the scene on social media showing six cars trapped

Shoppers posted images and videos from the scene on social media showing six cars trapped

Shoppers posted images and videos from the scene on social media showing six cars trapped

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