Sinkhole Sends Boy To Hospital

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A Horseheads family is left with a number of unanswered questions after a sinkhole in their backyard lands their son in the hospital.

When Rebecca Pike’s youngest son came running to tell her that his brother, 14 year old Austin, had fallen through a hole in the backyard…fear set in.

Pike says, “I come out here, I see my boyfriend pulling my son out of the hole in the ground and I call 911 immediately and was frantic and making sure my son was ok.”

Austin, who is autistic, was pretty badly shaken up about the incident. He recalls what happened to him.

Austin says, “I fell through.” And what were you thinking?…scared.”

Austin wasn’t the only one who was scared…

James Jessmore helped pull Austin out of the hole. He says, “I was pretty scared I mean it was kind of hard to get him out at first.”

That’s when local fire, police, and EMS departments got to the scene. Austin was then taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for x-rays and evaluation.

Pike says, “Other then full of mud, some scratches here and there and a contusion to the knee he’s fine and he’s doing well today.”

Upon further investigation it’s been determined that at the bottom of the hole is at least 6 feet of water and that the hole more than likely extends throughout the majority of the family’s backyard.

Pike says, “If he would’ve went in that water it could’ve been 20 times worse. Or my father mows this yard with his ride on lawnmower, what if my father fell through with the lawnmower, I mean it could’ve been a tragic death.”

Pike says she won’t be able to rest until the hole is filled and the rest of the yard is examined.

Pike says, “As a mother it’s a scary thought, you know anything happening to your child and then in your own backyard is even scarier.”

Pike tells 18 News that Code Enforcement has assessed the hole and says it’s the landlord’s responsibility to have it fixed. We contacted the landlord of that property who declined to comment.

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