A Lowell family is lucky to be alive after their cars plummeted 35 feet after part of Mines Road washed away early Saturday.
Officials say a culvert under the road washed away sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning and a nearly 30 foot stretch of road went with it. Three members of the Richardson family were traveling in two cars. They didn't see the hole in time and drove into the chasm.
Local roads commissioner Reginald Pion said heavy rains are to blame for dislodging the culvert, which was put in place just last summer. Pion said he checks the roads every day and did not see anything alarming earlier that day. Mines road, which connects Lowell and Eden, will be closed for about 4 weeks while repairs take place. "When I got there the water was just crashing through. Stones were going through, banging on the cars. I've got a two story house and you could put the whole house in that hole now -- it is a miracle that nobody got killed," Pion said.
Everyone in the two cars made it out of the ditch. One child suffered a fractured arm, but is expected to be okay.