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This Dec. 5, 2016, photo provided by the San Antonio Fire Department shows a sinkhole that opened up Sunday in San Antonio. Officials say Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy Dora Linda Nishihara an off-duty sheriff's deputy died and others were injured when two vehicles plunged into a water-filled sinkhole. Utility officials say the sinkhole appeared after a sewer line ruptured during heavy rain. (San Antonio Fire Department via AP)

A giant sinkhole swallowed two cars and killed a Texas sheriff's deputy

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A sinkhole opened up in San Antonio on Sunday, swallowing two cars and killing a part-time sheriff's deputy.

The hole, which collapsed around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, was 12 feet deep and ran the width of the road. The collapse injured one person and killed reserve deputy Dora Nishihara, a seven-year Bexar County Sheriff's Office veteran; officials found her car upside down in the water.

The sinkhole was near two construction projects, NBC News reports. A water pipe ruptured but it's not clear if the sinkhole was to blame.

Here's another look at the scene of the sinkhole. The Washington Post reports heavy rains, sewage and nearby rumbling trains made the rescue efforts even more difficult.

The sheriff's office paid tribute to Nishihara on Twitter.

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This undated photo provided by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office shows Deputy Dora Linda Nishihara. Officials say Nishihara an off-duty sheriff's deputy has died after two vehicles plunged into a water-filled sinkhole Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 in San Antonio. Utility officials say the sinkhole appeared after a sewer line ruptured during heavy rain. (Bexar County Sheriff's Office via AP)

City fire chief Charles Hood said there was little first responders could have done to save Nishihara.

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