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Video gives new perspective of moments before car plunges into El Cajon sinkhole

Posted: 11:26 PM, Apr 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-20 13:28:12Z
Surveillance video of El Cajon sinkhole
Surveillance video of El Cajon sinkhole

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) -- New video from a nearby business shows the moments before a driver plunged into a sinkhole in El Cajon.

The images seeming to tell a different story than was released by El Cajon police earlier in the week.

The incident happened late Monday night on Vernon Way and Johnson Avenue. A white car became almost completely submerged in a deep sinkhole after a water main break earlier in the evening. 

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At the time police said the driver, who wasn't injured, ended up there after going around a barricade.

Ken Wingert's office has surveillance cameras pointed right at the street where it happened, so out of curiosity, he took a look and says the video paints a different story than the one he first heard. 

"I saw the video...no that's not true," Wingert told 10News. "The police officer actually went to her window, talked to her and the car pulled a u-turn and went into the sinkhole."

After the car goes down, Wingert says the video gets even more interesting. The officers can be seen walking over, but it's how they did it that has him confused.  

"Why were the police not reacting so fast once the car went into the pothole? All of a sudden when the car started sinking more everybody started running towards it," he said. "To me that was a little slow on that part."

On Thursday 10News made multiple attempts to talk to El Cajon police about the video. We were told that there was no one available to comment.