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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- A giant sinkhole opened up in New York Tuesday morning, swallowing an intersection in Brooklyn in an event that was caught on surveillance tape.

The estimated 20-by-20-foot hole formed around 7 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street, ABC News affiliate WABC-TV reported.

“It appears to be some sort of water leak that undermined the road, washed away the earth and that’s why the street gave way,” FDNY Deputy Chief Peter Leicht told WABC-TV.

The surveillance footage shows the sinkhole undermining the roadway, which sinks underground.

Crews will work to excavate the area and determine the cause of the massive sinkhole, according to WABC-TV.

There were no injuries to firefighters or pedestrians, the FDNY said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HEMET, Calif.) -- A motorist stole a man's car during a road rage incident in Southern California last week, mowed him down and left him lying in a street unable to move, according to police.

The City of Hemet Police recently released witness video that caught the horrifying moment last Friday, when the 53-year-old victim was tossed into the air after the suspect drove down the street "at a high rate of speed" and struck him, police said.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the road rage incident.

Police said there appeared to be two suspects involved -- one who had a verbal argument with the victim and another who stole and drove the victim's car. The suspects remain at large and the victim was in stable condition at a local hospital, police said.

"Based on information gained from the video it appears the male victim was intentionally hit with his own vehicle," City of Hemet Police Det. Corp. Gabriel Gomez said in a news release.

The victim's vehicle was left at the scene after the collision. Witness video caught both suspects fleeing in a white Ford Ranger pick-up truck, which is believed to have a broken rear cab window and a broken driver's side window.

The suspects, who were not identified as of Tuesday morning, were described by police as white or light-skinned Hispanic males between the ages of 18 to 25 with thin builds and brown hair.

Police said one suspect was about 5-foot-10 and wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and a black baseball-style hat. The other suspect was about 5-foot-8 and wearing a white short-sleeve shirt and a mostly white baseball-style hat backwards.

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ABC News(LANCASTER, N.H.) -- Heidi Medeiros was enjoying the circus with her young son in Lancaster, New Hampshire, Monday evening, when a rainstorm suddenly turned deadly, and she was desperate to get her 3-year-old away from the chaos.

"We’re all looking, thinking, it’s just a rainstorm, no big deal," Medeiros said via Skype.

She had taken her son, Jax, to Monday's circus to celebrate his upcoming fourth birthday.

"Then all of a sudden it just went completely dark inside and we see the circus people are starting to leave the tent. And somebody's screaming, 'Get out, get out, get out,'" Medeiros said.

Families had just sat down to watch the 5:30 p.m. show when, at about 5:46 p.m., a severe storm ripped a tent out of the ground and sent metal poles crashing into the audience, officials said.

"I see [the poles] start to come out of the ground and fly up into the air towards us. So I took my son ... and threw him underneath the bleacher and threw myself on top of him," Medeiros said.

She said just seconds later, a pole slammed onto the bleacher, "right where we had just been."

"You just hear these children screaming and crying, and things are flying all over the place," Medeiros said. "It’s just complete chaos."

Winds were up to 60 mph when the tent came out of the ground, said New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Bill Degnan. Two people were killed and about 32 people were treated for injuries, Degnan said.

Medeiros said all she could think was, "I just need to get my son out of there."

As hail came down, Medeiros said, she took her son and ran away from the scene, through ankle-deep water. She said the sound of her son's screams "will haunt me the rest of my life."

Winds were up to 60 mph at the time of the accident, according to the National Weather Service. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued about 20 minutes earlier, Degnan said.

According to Medeiros, the tent didn't fall down or collapse.

"It was literally lifted up through the air," she said. "And just as the canvas was taken off, the poles that were holding it all the way up through the top of the tent were just coming at people."

Degnan said it's unknown why the show continued during a severe thunderstorm warning.

The incident is under investigation, Degnan said. There's no indication there will be any charges, Degnan said.

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Tibrina Hobson/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Star Trek icon Nichelle Nichols revealed Monday during a Reddit AMA that she will be involved in an upcoming NASA mission.

"In September, I’m traveling on a NASA SOFIA flight, a second generation Airborn Observatory, which I am honored to have been invited too," she told fans before her "Ask Me Anything" began.

SOFIA stands for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, where Nichols will be part of the crew in the aircraft that will study Earth's atmosphere, among other things, from the sky.

The sad part was Nichols won't be heading into space.

"SOFIA does not, sadly, fly into space. It's an airborne observatory, a massive telescope mounted inside a 747 flying as high as is possible. I was on a similar flight, the first airborn observatory, back in 1977. It's an amazing experience, you get a totally different perspective than from earth," she wrote.

She adorably added, "I do hope someone gets some great pictures."

Nichols was also asked about her run on the original Star Trek series that began almost 50 years ago.

"I loved the whole show, from when I left to the studio to when I got home, and everything in between. My favorite episodes were anytime Uhura got to go to the planet,” she said. “I fought for that, the person who knows the planet and the people better than all of you is the communication officer! They don't need to communicate to me up on the ship, I've got the communicator right here.”

On whether she would ever appear in another movie, she said, "Of course!"

"It would have to be a very specific part, and I'd have to agree with the role. I can't imagine being completely OK with the Star Trek story without Gene, however," she wrote.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SUNNYVALE, Calif.) — Two police officers saved a man from being hit from an oncoming train and the dramatic rescue was all caught on video.

Dep. Lance Whitted, from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s office, pulled a driver to safety Monday night, just seconds before a commuter train came down the tracks in Sunnyvale, California.

His partner, Dep. Erik Rueppel, tried to buy Whitted more time as he waved for the oncoming train to slow down, ABC News affiliate KGO reported.

“This is what we’re trained to do,” Whitted told KGO. “Luckily, we were at the right place at the right time.”

The driver of the car had crashed into a pole and onto the tracks as the train was coming. The dramatic video shows him falling down seconds before the train crashes into his car left on the tracks.

“I don’t think there was time to be scared. You just do things as safe as you can, respond and that’s it. It kind of just happens,” Rueppel told KGO.

The driver had minor injuries.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.


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