Girl, 8, falls into sinkhole on Detroit's west side

Mom rescues girl from sinkhole near Puritan, Strathmoor streets

DETROIT - Parents say not one, but two children have fallen into a sinkhole that formed because of a water main break on Detroit's west side

Dae'Ionna Sparks, 8, was walking out of John R. King school at Puritan and Strathmoor streets on Monday when she fell into the hole.

"I was walking to my bus and then I fell in the ground," Sparks told Local 4. "I was scared."

The girl's mother, Monica Lindsey, who is a bus driver, was picking up other children and saw her daughter's scary ordeal.

"She's like, ‘Hi, mommy,' and as soon as she said that, she just fell … Like the ground ate her," Lindsey said.

Sparks didn't just fall; she was also dumped into freezing water.

"I saw her life flash before my eyes. I was like the Incredible Hulk. All my adrenaline, I just grabbed her," Lindsey said.

The mother said a boy smaller than her daughter has already fallen into the hole, and the water was above his head. She said the sinkhole is especially dangerous because so many children are in the area for the bus lines.

Lindsey said the school had been calling for weeks for the city to fill the hole.

On Tuesday, Local 4 did see crews making repairs.

"It amazes me that it took my daughter falling in to a hole to get the city to do something about it," Lindsey said.

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