Sinkhole opens in Phoenix area, person killed identified

Sinkhole opens in Phoenix area, person killed identified

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (AP) – Authorities say a 60-year-old farm worker was killed after a sinkhole opened near a field on the outskirts of Phoenix.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man as Guadalupe Gomez Nila of Queen Creek.

The 15-foot-wide sinkhole formed between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday as the man was working. Queen Creek spokeswoman Constance Halonen-Wilson said witnesses reported seeing him get out of his truck and disappearing a short time later.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Detective Doug Matteson said the man was walking to the back of the truck and taking off his work belt when he was swallowed. It took authorities several hours to retrieve the body.

Queen Creek is a suburb about 40 miles southeast of Phoenix.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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