‘The next I know there’s a big bam’: Officer scrambles to safety after sinkhole swallows police SUV

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SHERIDAN, Colo. (June 5, 2015) – A Colorado police officer’s morning didn’t take very long to crumble.

Sgt. Greg Miller from the Sheridan (Colorado) Police Department was driving his patrol SUV when the road gave way at an intersection, swallowing the vehicle. Police said the hole was 10 to 15 feet deep, reports KDVR.

“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.”

The accident happened around 2:15 a.m. Friday. Miller crawled onto the roof and managed to get out. He was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries.

“I climbed through the driver’s side window,” he told the TV station. “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.