Sergeant scrambles to safety after sinkhole swallows his police SUV

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SHERIDAN, Colo. -- A Sheridan police sergeant's SUV went into a massive sinkhole early Friday morning on West Oxford Avenue near River Point Parkway.

Sgt. Greg Miller was taken to Swedish Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries after the accident about 2:15 a.m. as he was traveling eastbound on Oxford at Natches Court.

The Sheridan Police Department said as Miller entered the intersection, the road gave way and collapsed, creating a sinkhole about 10 to 15 feet deep.

"I was on basic patrol driving down the road and the next I know there's a big bam," Miller said. "And I realize I'm down in this hole with water rushing around me. Dirt walls. And the only thing I can think of is I better get out of here."

Miller crawled onto the roof and out of the sinkhole and has since been released from the hospital.

"I climbed through the driver's side window. Reached up, grabbed the rails on top of the SUV, pulled myself up onto the roof, then reached up onto the pavement and pulled myself out."

The SUV is a total loss.

West Oxford was closed from Clay Street to South Santa Fe Drive because of the sinkhole.

Police said there is an exposed gas line at the sinkhole, prompting Xcel Energy to shut it off until the SUV can be removed and the road repaired.

There was no estimate for when Oxford would reopen.