Sinkhole swallows two vehicles near Hayden Lake after culvert fails

Sinkhole swallows two vehicles near Hayden Lake after culvert fails
Photo courtesy of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office

HAYDEN LAKE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Three people were taken to the hospital after two vehicles drove into a sinkhole early this morning near Hayden Lake, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says.

Deputies say they found two vehicles that had driven into a large washout on Rimrock Road. Investigators say a culvert under the road failed due to heavy runoff.

The hole ended up being 10 feet wide and about eight feet deep.

The sheriff's office says 24-year-old Clifton McMahon drove into the hole as well as 31-year-old Melissa Ehrmantraut of Post Falls. The two drivers and a passenger in the van were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.