Ponca Hills rescue

Omaha Fire Department and Ponca Hills Volunteer Fire Department personnel worked to pull a 16-year-old girl out of a sinkhole on Thursday night.

PONCA HILLS -  16-year-old girl rescued from a 12-foot-deep sinkhole Thursday evening near 10625 Calhoun Road had been pinned for about an hour, trapped by concrete pieces.

Fire officials from Omaha and Ponca Hills reported to the scene. The girl was conscious when transported by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center. Authorities on scene weren’t aware of any injuries she may have suffered.

Ponca Hills Fire Chief Joel Sacks said that the girl had apparently been walking on a storm drain when the ground collapsed. A section of concrete, about 3 feet by 4 feet, landed on her legs.

Sacks said recent rainfall likely contributed to the instability of the ground.

The girl was pinned about 6:30 p.m., according to police scanner reports.

Calhoun Road was blocked off in front of the Alpine Inn as rescue vehicles were gathering away from the immediate scene to prevent vibrations and further destabilization of the soil.

Omaha Fire Department specialty crews were called in for technical assistance. Omaha Fire Capt. Terry Barney said the ground around the hole was so unstable that it could have collapsed further at any time.

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