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strange things a foot

I had a friend who planted 2 tomato plants. One was doing a little less than great and the other was doing fantastic. The one that was doing fantastic overnight looked extremely dead like the life had been sucked out of it. She had watered it that day, but by next day looked like it had the life sucked out of it. Was dried out and wilted with no hope of recovery for most of plant. Also parts of the stems that were cut off were hollow. She was able to get a small part with just a few leaves saved.
Any ideas what could have caused something like this? She thought maybe a gopher made work of the plant, but we are both at a loss on this one

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I would guess bacterial wilt. It's cause by Pseudomonas solanacearum. It comes on very rapidly, destroying the entire plant, except for a few leaves here and there. The link below will take you to a site with detailed information.

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Hollow stem sounds like stem borer worm.

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