Driver unhurt in Durham sinkhole surprise

From staff reportsSeptember 5, 2012 

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A sinkhole opened up in the gravel parking lot next to the Bojangles at 3558 Hillsborough Rd., Durham. An unidentified male driver's car nosed headfirst into the hole just after 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. The car was lifted out of the sinkhole by a wrecker. The driver wasn't injured.

HARRY LYNCH — hlynch@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

— A motorist pulling into a Hillsborough Road parking lot drove into an 8-foot wide sinkhole Tuesday afternoon.

Alerted at 2:18 p.m., officers found the 2001 Honda Prelude nose-first into the sinkhole, which was near the entrance to the gravel parking lot next to a Bojangles restaurant.

The driver, Rajiv Thairani, was not injured, according to police. The car, a 2001 Honda Prelude, was lifted out by a wrecker.

The lot, as well as the property where the restaurant is located next door, is owned by the Miller Real Estate Co. of Durham, according to Durham County tax records. A representative for that company could not be immediately reached for comment.

The gaping hole revealed a cavern extending even wider below a layer of gravel and what appeared to be old pavement.

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