SUV falls into Albuquerque sinkhole, driver files claim

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque woman whose SUV was swallowed by a sinkhole has filed a claim against the Water Utility Authority.

It was a scene that had people stopping in their tracks. Some people snapped pictures while others took a seat on the sidewalk to watch as crews tried to free a woman’s Toyota FJ Cruiser from a massive sinkhole near Indian School and America’s Parkway on Saturday.

“Well, obviously the lady drove in and her vehicle did sink,” said Water Utility Authority Public Affairs Manager David Morris.

Morris said the person who was driving the sunken SUV, Lynn Parsons, filed a claim this week.

A source told News 13, the claim may mention the woman now has PTSD because of the crash.

The Water Authority wouldn’t get into any of that.

“I can confirm that a claim has been filed.  Beyond that, I can’t go into any details at this point,” said Morris.

Morris said his crews got a call around 3:30 pm on Saturday about a leak in the area. He said a technician showed up to the scene within minutes.

“He says he arrived and he turned his warning lights on,” said Morris.

According to the technician, Parsons’s SUV fell into the sinkhole after the technician got on the scene.

Officials don’t know where the worker parked his truck though. They don’t whether he was blocking the path to the sinkhole or not.

The Water Authority has now launched an investigation to find out how crews handled the situation and how the SUV ended up in the sinkhole.

“We will make a decision based on that investigation whether to dispute the claim or not,” said Morris.

The sinkhole was caused by a water line break. Construction to repair the road should be done in the next few days.

News 13 reached out to Parsons on Friday, but never received a response.

While Parsons was not physically hurt, a personal injury lawyer told News 13 it’s not uncommon to claim PTSD in a lawsuit.

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