Forklift Operator Escapes Harm From Sinkhole

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -

Officials are trying to determine what caused the floor of a northern New Jersey warehouse to open up, swallowing a forklift and the man who was running it.

Authorities say Danny Rodriguez of Bronx, N.Y., managed to escape serious injury as his forklift sank into the 6- to 10-foot deep hole Monday in the East Rutherford warehouse rented by AM Express Freight.

The hole was filled with cooking oil and soy sauce that was stored in the warehouse. It appears that the reinforced concrete slab foundation gave way over a long-forgotten basement under the building.