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Garage floor collapses, taking new SUV with it
Lexington-Herald Leader ^ | 6-17-2005 | By Greg Kocher

Posted on 06/17/2005 1:29:35 PM PDT by Red Badger

ABANDONED CISTERN WAS UNDER STRUCTURE

CENTRAL KENTUCKY BUREAU

McAFEE -- When Lela Stewart heard a noise late Monday night, she thought her cat had accidentally overturned something.

No shelves were disturbed so she looked in the garage -- and discovered her new Ford Escape at the bottom of a 10-foot-deep hole. The garage's concrete floor had collapsed into an abandoned cistern.

"I go to the door and open it and there's a big puff of smoke, which was concrete dust," Stewart said. "I just put my face in my hands and went, 'This can't be happening.'"

Stewart, who has lived in the Mercer County home since 1991, said the cistern probably hasn't contained water for 20 years.

"Had I known it would be dangerous, I definitely wouldn't have put my new truck in there," she said.

Before waterlines were extended into rural areas, many homes across Kentucky had underground cisterns, said Randy Couch, the State Farm Insurance representative in Harrodsburg who has Stewart's home and auto insurance policies.

"Before these rural water districts got city water to people, this was a common way to get water," Couch said.

A Harrodsburg company will begin work Monday to extract the vehicle from the hole.

Meanwhile, Couch said: "I've had several calls from people asking me if I know anybody that could come and check their cistern."



TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: cistern; escapedidntescape; floor; garage; hatewhenthathappens; justawaferthinmint; suv
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Well at least it's not using any gas........
1 posted on 06/17/2005 1:29:35 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Ahem..I think SHE weakened the garage floor..


3 posted on 06/17/2005 1:31:39 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: Red Badger; mhking

BTTT


4 posted on 06/17/2005 1:31:51 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Red Badger
On the upside, she now has a *two* car garage. One downstairs, one upstairs.

And BTW, an Escape is barely an SUV. :)
5 posted on 06/17/2005 1:31:57 PM PDT by Daus
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To: Red Badger

Dang, that's a surprise!


6 posted on 06/17/2005 1:31:58 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Children don't need counting, because whatever number you have, you never have enough.")
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To: Red Badger

"When Lela Stewart heard a noise late Monday night, she thought her cat had accidentally overturned something."

She must have a big cat


7 posted on 06/17/2005 1:32:02 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Red Badger

Good grief! How big of a cat does she have?!?! ;)


8 posted on 06/17/2005 1:32:37 PM PDT by eraser2005
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To: Red Badger
The Earth rebelling over selfish, resource wasting SUV's.
9 posted on 06/17/2005 1:32:41 PM PDT by ncountylee
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To: ken5050

You too?


10 posted on 06/17/2005 1:32:46 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Red Badger

This is kind of morbid, but wouldn't it be funny if she got fed up with life, stuck a hose in the exhaust, started the engine... and then collapsed into the cistern? That could cause you to reevaluate your decision to pack it in.


11 posted on 06/17/2005 1:32:52 PM PDT by kezekiel
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To: Red Badger

Would she have felt better if it fell into a full cistern?


12 posted on 06/17/2005 1:32:59 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Daus
And BTW, an Escape is barely an SUV. :)

It was enough of an ASSAULT SUV to try to dig its way out so it could rampage through the local schoolyard all on its own!

13 posted on 06/17/2005 1:34:24 PM PDT by Gorzaloon
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To: Red Badger

And a Yugo had its revenge...


14 posted on 06/17/2005 1:34:25 PM PDT by Luna (Lobbing the Holy Hand Grenade at Liberalism)
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To: Red Badger

Usually I expect a story about an SUV to be worded like this:
"SUV collapses Garage floor"


15 posted on 06/17/2005 1:34:36 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: Red Badger

anyone that refers to a Ford Escape as a "truck" is mentally deranged anyway.

What is it with all these folks that buy these dinky lil square boxes and call them "trucks"??

If it ain't got a bed and a tailgate, it ain't a truck!!!!!!!


16 posted on 06/17/2005 1:35:01 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: Red Badger

The SUV was trying to get away the cat.


17 posted on 06/17/2005 1:35:24 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Red Badger

Boy that SUV is going to be pissed.


18 posted on 06/17/2005 1:35:39 PM PDT by dfwgator (Flush Newsweek!)
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To: Gorzaloon
It was an Escape, what did she think it would do.

All it had to do was clear the walls and the guardtowers, and then it would be. free

19 posted on 06/17/2005 1:37:26 PM PDT by kaboom
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To: Red Badger

Bush's Fault. (Under the garage, apparently...)


20 posted on 06/17/2005 1:37:32 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Red Badger

Hmmm, a not so aptly named Ford Escape.

Something about that picture reminded me of the 'Meaning of Life':

"And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin mint. Oh, sir, it's only a tiny, little, thin one. Just one."




And while I'm here,

"Badger, badger, badger, badger
Mushroom!
Badger, badger, badger, badger
Badger, badger, badger, badger
Snay-ake, SNAKE!"


21 posted on 06/17/2005 1:37:44 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat

""Badger, badger, badger, badger
Mushroom!
Badger, badger, badger, badger
Badger, badger, badger, badger
Snay-ake, SNAKE!"

Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!


22 posted on 06/17/2005 1:40:04 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Gorzaloon
It was enough of an ASSAULT SUV to try to dig its way out so it could rampage through the local schoolyard all on its own!

Given how badly this SUV has now been angered, they better just put it down... Just safer that way. It won't feel a thing.
23 posted on 06/17/2005 1:40:18 PM PDT by Daus
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To: ncountylee
The Earth rebelling over selfish, resource wasting SUV's.

My take was it was going back to hell from whence it came. ;-)

24 posted on 06/17/2005 1:40:27 PM PDT by ahayes
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To: Gorzaloon

No, the gas-guzzling evil polluting SUV was trying to drill for its own oil.


25 posted on 06/17/2005 1:40:43 PM PDT by Bouchart ("I was saying boo-urns.....")
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To: Red Badger

Murphy's Law....


26 posted on 06/17/2005 1:40:49 PM PDT by peacebaby (We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are. Oprah Winfrey)
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To: Red Badger

Probably sabotaged by Green Peace.


27 posted on 06/17/2005 1:41:22 PM PDT by peacebaby (We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are. Oprah Winfrey)
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To: cajun-jack
My Jeep has something to say to you.


"What's this nonsense about needing a bed and a tailgate to be a truck? And just who are you calling little????"

28 posted on 06/17/2005 1:48:45 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

HA!!!

http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com/


29 posted on 06/17/2005 1:52:32 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Red Badger

Was it a cistern or a septic tank?


30 posted on 06/17/2005 2:00:52 PM PDT by fishtank
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To: Spktyr

still ain't a truck...just a shiny station wagon.


31 posted on 06/17/2005 2:11:02 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: nuconvert

Must be one of those big maine coon viking cats. One of those big kitties could have gone through her garage floor!


32 posted on 06/17/2005 2:12:36 PM PDT by duffthor (hmmmm....this sure gives PYT a new meaning!)
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To: Red Badger
It could have been worse. She could have been driving an M1A1 instead.

Link to Sunken Tank Thread

33 posted on 06/17/2005 2:21:04 PM PDT by blau993 (Labs for love; .357 for Security.)
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To: cajun-jack
Under the station wagon looking body is a Jeep J10 truck. People swap the bodies around all the time.

Since when have you seen a station wagon do this?

The Escape is a toy. Most SUVs are station wagons with tall bodies. My Jeep is not. :) Station wagons don't run Ouray or the Rubicon and survive. :)

34 posted on 06/17/2005 2:28:32 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: windcliff

ping


35 posted on 06/17/2005 2:31:05 PM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: Spktyr

do a google search on International CXT .... now that's a truck!!!!!!


36 posted on 06/17/2005 2:47:09 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: cajun-jack

Don't have to, they make them about 10 miles from here - see them all the time.


37 posted on 06/17/2005 2:48:16 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr

I don't have a need for one of them, but i sure would like to have the money in my bank account to buy one of 'em.

I drive an old 1982 Chevrolet 1/2 ton 2 wheel drive with a new engine with less than 20K on it.

It suits me just fine. It was one owner and I bought it from the old guy for $1000.00. no dents, rust or scratches and he is the one that had the cheverolet dealer put the new mr. goodwrench engine in.

It was a heck of a deal and i couldn't be more pleased if it was brand new. Should easily last me another 10 years or more. I don't need "new", I need "dependable".


38 posted on 06/17/2005 2:54:21 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: cajun-jack

Wait just a danged minute there, I call my Tahoe a truck and I called my suburban a truck! I HATE the term SUV and I refuse to call them that. I have driven a "truck" for over 30 years. Just got a new one Tuesday, she is pretty! %;9)


39 posted on 06/17/2005 3:02:59 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Red Badger

Unless it was built with some advanced technology, the floor doesn't look like it would carry any weight at all. Perhaps it was not intended to be a garage floor.


40 posted on 06/17/2005 3:05:20 PM PDT by RightWhale (Some may think I am a methodist)
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To: Ditter

why would you call a half breed between a station wagon and a mini van a truck??


41 posted on 06/17/2005 3:08:39 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: cajun-jack

When I picked up a couple sacks of portland cement they offered to put it in my truck. They were a little embarrased when the truck turned out to be a Highlander, but the weight was not a problem. It is definitely not a truck, and not really a station wagon either. It is also not an off-road vehicle, although it does quite well on rough terrain if the rocks aren't too big.


42 posted on 06/17/2005 3:09:05 PM PDT by RightWhale (Some may think I am a methodist)
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To: ken5050

#3

my thought 2!


43 posted on 06/17/2005 3:13:06 PM PDT by ken21
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To: Red Badger; All
Well, as a former wrecker service operator, I have to ask- how to get the thing out of there?

Air bags could lift it, but then you have the problem of dragging it out and rupturing the bags... a crane can't reach it with the roof intact.

There is probably not enough headroom to snake a knuckleboom crane inside and lift... I wonder if they will have to break the front wall and excavate a ramp- or just build a new floor over the carcass?

Minor personal note- I did extract a car from an abandoned septic tank it fell into, years ago. The owner did not know it was there ( city sewer service had been available for years, the tank predated that. )-- but it was dried out, and only the front end was "down by the head"-- not the whole car.
It was a simple "J-Hook the axle and winch" operation.


BTW- note the rough, dark rectangle in the back wall? It almost looks like a doorway- wonder what purpose it served.

44 posted on 06/17/2005 3:19:24 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: cajun-jack

What are you talking about? It is NOTHING like a minivan or a station wagon. I consider Tahoes and Surburbans trucks because GM considers them trucks, they are built on a truck frame and I pay the truck rate at the carwash. (surely you knew that) %;9)


45 posted on 06/17/2005 3:24:26 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

ok maybe it is a sissy "truck" that is wearing a tutu.


46 posted on 06/17/2005 3:42:13 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: cajun-jack

I have been hauling my "tutu" around in one for a looooong time. LOL!


47 posted on 06/17/2005 3:50:03 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

ok ok i give!!! at least i got your juices flowing in time to start the weekend...hope you have a great one!!!


48 posted on 06/17/2005 3:51:11 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: backhoe

It's a simple matter for a mobile crane, though they may have to take off the garage door and punch a hole in the front over the door to allow room for the boom. Build a support frame under the car, attach cables to all four corners of the frame, drop the crane to minimum altitude over the Escape, reel/lift the frame up, drive the crane out or collapse the boom, bringing the car out of the garage.


49 posted on 06/17/2005 4:04:31 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: RightWhale

The Toyota Highlander is built on the Toyota Tundra frame and uses the same running gear. However, at best the Tundra is a 7/8 scale truck, so it's not all that great. What you have is a truck or truck-based SUV.

If you had an RX330, you'd have a car-based SUV.


50 posted on 06/17/2005 4:06:29 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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