Sergeant scrambles to safety after massive sinkhole swallows Sheridan police SUV

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Police SUV Swallowed by Massive Sinkhole

SHERIDAN, Colo. -- A Sheridan police sergeant's SUV went into a massive sinkhole early Friday morning on West Oxford Avenue near River Point Parkway.

Sgt. Greg Miller was taken to Swedish Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries after the accident about 2:15 a.m. as he was traveling eastbound on Oxford at Natches Court.

The Sheridan Police Department said as Miller entered the intersection, the road gave way and collapsed, creating a sinkhole about 10 to 15 feet deep.

"I was on basic patrol driving down the road and the next I know there's a big bam," Miller said. "And I realize I'm down in this hole with water rushing around me. Dirt walls. And the only thing I can think of is I better get out of here."

Miller crawled onto the roof and out of the sinkhole and has since been released from the hospital.

"I climbed through the driver's side window. Reached up, grabbed the rails on top of the SUV, pulled myself up onto the roof, then reached up onto the pavement and pulled myself out."

The SUV is a total loss.

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