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QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. — A 60-year-old husband, father and grandfather was killed when the ground underneath him collapsed into a giant sinkhole.
Guadalupe Gomez Nila was an irrigation worker. His daughter says he was out doing routine work, filling small holes in a field at Sossaman Farms when he disappeared into the sinkhole that opened behind his truck.
The sinkhole was about 50 feet wide and at least 15 feet deep.
A woman also working in a field saw him. She at first thought he fell but then realized he had disappeared.
She immediately called authorities Friday, but rescuers couldn’t save Nila.
Nila either suffocated or drowned because of the water and lose dirt. The sinkhole formed sometime between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. CT but Nila’s body was not recovered until about six hours later.
Click here to read more from Nila’s daughter, and Nila’s family’s message to the woman who witnessed the accident. They call her a hero.