A massive cave-in at a parking lot of an IHOP in Meridian, Mississippi has swallowed an estimated 15 vehicles.
A massive cave-in at a parking lot of an IHOP restaurant in Meridian, Mississippi has swallowed an estimated 15 vehicles.
It happened on Saturday night and it’s being referred to as a cave-in since according to Meridian Public Safety Director Buck Roberts this was not a sinkhole, as it wasn’t caused by an underground water aquifer that dried up. Whatever it was, in the end it created a void apparently 15 feet (4.5 meters) deep, 35 feet (10.6 meters) wide and 400 feet (122 meters) long and damaged approximately 15 cars.
The good news is nobody was inside those cars at that point, so there weren’t any injuries reported. Power went out at the restaurant following the cave-in and according to Roberts a team of engineers and contractors will analyze the crash site today to find out what really happened at that parking lot belonging to an IHOP that opened just a few days prior to the incident. It could have something to do with the fact that the parking lot was built over a culvert and possibly due to abundant rain it ultimately caved.
Those who were inside the restaurant when the cave-in occurred said they experienced something very similar to an earthquake and when they got out noticed the large hole had swallowed their cars.