Sinkhole Swallows BMW X5 In New York’s Upper West Side

A BMW X5 was swallowed by a sinkhole in New York City’s Upper West Side on Tuesday after a water main broke.

The Drive reports that at approximately 9:18 pm on Monday, a pipe at the intersection of West 89th Street and Amsterdam Avenue started leaking water. This resulted in poor water pressure across the neighborhood and dirty water flowing from taps.

Things were even worse for the owner of this previous generation BMW X5 however as the ground opened up near the water main leak, leaving the German SUV clinging on for life as its wheels dropped into the ground and it began to sink.

Thankfully, the car wasn’t entirely swallowed by the sinkhole and doesn’t appear to have suffered too much damage.

Pics via Gothamist and DNAinfo New York.


MAJOR water main break on Amsterdam between 89th and 90th. @ballethispanico flooded. Cars sinking. People not able to get into their building if it’s on the Ave. Our home is fine. Big thanks to @nypd #nyfd #firstresponders. What a mess! #uws @westsiderag #nyc

A video posted by Lindsay Smith (@lindstagram_s) on Aug 29, 2016 at 7:04pm PDT

  • LexusGXman

    slow news day

  • bxniels0

    And all those people that laughed about having four wheel drive capability in town. I’m sure the owner feels venerated.

  • smartacus

    i can’t imagine actually living on the Upper West Side because of loving life there.

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