Feeling morbid? Want to drive yourself nuts thinking about all the ways you might die? Here's a new one: falling into a sinkhole that suddenly opens in your home, and dying before rescuers can reach you. It's a little bit "Donnie Darko," a little bit "Poltergeist."
A 27-year-old man plummeted into a gaping hole that suddenly opened beneath a house, trapping him beneath foundation rubble and killing him.
Authorities say the home, built in the 1980s, may have been sitting atop a decades-old underground mine. Recent rains could have softened the ground under the home, in an isolated area near Lake Alta.
"It's unbelievable," Placer County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Dena Erwin said. "From the front of the house, it's absolutely normal. Then, in the middle of the house, is this enormous hole."