OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Employees at the diner where a St. Cloud man works are speaking out about their colleague falling down a 12-foot hole on Wednesday morning.
The City of St. Cloud said damage to a storm drain pipe caused the ground above it to collapse sometime after midnight.
Jackie Espinosa is the owner of The Kissimmee Diner. She said that the victim, Rick Cherry, is her breakfast cook. Espinosa said that Cherry has worked for the dinner for years and rides his bike to work in the early morning hours.
Espinosa said that Cherry told her, “the earth swallowed me.”
“All full of blood and it was just horrific. It was a terrible, terrible situation. Stitches. It’s pretty bad. He needs surgery,” said Espinosa.