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Child rescued from sinkhole
Byron, N.Y. -- Byron Road is closed between Griswold Road and Walkers Corners Road because of a 10- to 15-foot sinkhole that a young child fell into Saturday.
It was caused by a collapsed culvert pipe, according to a highway department worker.
According to The Batavian, the family was going for a walk when the ground beneath them crumbled. The family's 7-year-old was able to jump away, but their 4-year-old fell in. The father jumped in after the toddler and was able to safely retrieve the child. No one was hurt.
Dozens of people stopped by Sunday to get a look at the sinkhole in person.
"Wow," said Vincent Guarino. "I mean it's not that it's that big from this view, but when you look down in there, it's deeper than you would expect."
"All of the dirt that used to be here has gone into the pipe and washed away leaving this gigundous hole," said Becky Sando, who lives nearby.
Community members said this is a well-traveled road that many like to run and ride their bikes on. The sinkhole is now raising more questions.
"We bike ride, run and whatever else through here," Sando said. "I never imagined that a hole this big would basically be in our backyard."
"You don't know if any of these culverts that go underneath the roads might sink and your vehicle might be going over it, or you might be running over it and the next thing you know, you fall in a hole," Guarino said.
The highway department is expected to begin work on the hole Monday.