Sheriff's deputies were hoping Monday to be able to explain how a man got into a Redwood Road sinkhole from which firefighters had to rescue him, but that did not go as planned.
Investigators talked to the man for a little while at a hospital where he was taken Sunday morning after being lifted from the hole, but a sheriff’s office spokeswoman said they did not come away with answers.
“Investigators conducted their initial interview with the man,” spokeswoman Tamara Gibbs said. “However, the man has provided investigators with conflicting stories.”
The man’s name has not been released. He was reported to be in stable condition Monday with an injury related to the incident.
A fisherman heard him crying for help and notified officials shortly after 8:30 a.m., Gibbs said.
The part of the road where the hole is, adjacent to an arm of Falls Lake, has been closed since Oct. 11, when rains associated with Hurricane Matthew undermined the pavement and it gave way.
Steve Abbott, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said engineers have been working on a plan to repair the road and replace a damaged pipe that caused the collapse, but the hole is deep enough that the bottom is below the level of the nearby lake. That makes repair work unusually complicated, Abbott said.
Traffic has been detoured around the closed section using Cheek Road, Burton Road and East Geer Street.