Cahokia Toddler Falls Down Uncovered Sinkhole
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
A Cahokia father is outraged after his 2-year-old daughter
fell into a sinkhole left unmaintained by the city over the weekend. The Illinois man wants
answers as to why there continues to be uncovered sinkholes in Cahokia.
The father told a local news station that he and his daughter, along with
other relatives, were leaving a football game in Cahokia when suddenly
he could not see his daughter. As the family searched for the little girl,
they heard her screaming. The toddler had fallen into a six-foot deep
hole and was trapped for about 10 minutes before she was rescued. The
little girl was okay, but the father claims she narrowly escaped more
serious injuries. Relatives say the child could have easily hit her head
on one of the exposed pipes and says the accident was a close call.
A local news station captured footage of Cahokia city crews filling in
the uncovered hole after complaints were made of the little girl falling
into the sinkhole. The Public Works Director claimed a septic tank is
located where the sinkhole collapsed. The concrete slab over the hole
and covered with dirt collapsed causing the dangerous situation. The Public
Works Director says he does not know how that happened but would not discuss
the matter on camera. According to residents in the area, this is not
the first sinkhole left uncovered by the city of Cahokia. Many wonder
if it will take a more serious accident to get action from the city officials.
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