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article imageTampa man swallowed by deadly sinkhole in his bedroom

By Larry Clifton     Mar 1, 2013 in Odd News
Tampa - Late Thursday evening an east Tampa man was swallowed by a room-size sinkhole that opened up inside of his bedroom as he slept.
Jeffrey Bush, 36, disappeared into a deep pit that opened up beneath his bed as he called out to his brother for help. As his brother struggled to save him, the floor and bed buckled and slid into the blackness below.
The victim’s brother, police and rescue workers were unable able to retrieve the man after he sank beneath rubble as the hole quickly grew in depth and diameter. The victim’s body remained unaccounted for amid no signs of life in the hole as of Friday morning.
Late last evening, someone called 911 and when a deputy arrived moments later he reportedly found Jeremy Bush trying to pull his brother, Jeffrey, out of the hole. The deputy managed to help Jeremy out of the gaping hollow, but Jeffrey quickly vanished as silence replaced desperate pleas for help.
Janell Wheeler was at home, along with four other adults, a child and two dogs, when the bedroom floor dropped into the ground. Friday morning she was reportedly slouched in a lawn chair covered by a green quilt as workers awaited approval from structural engineers to re-enter the dwelling and search for the victim’s body.
The house at 240 Faithway Drive, its exterior walls showing no sign of collapse, stood in stark contrast to the deadly yet hidden collapse of the structure’s interior.
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