Sinkhole swallows car in NW Ohio; driver escapes
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 22:04
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This photo provided by the Toledo, Ohio Fire and Rescue Department shows a car at the bottom of a sinkhole caused by a broken water line in Toledo, Ohio on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Toledo, Ohio Fire and Rescue Department, Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police in northwest Ohio say a sinkhole swallowed a car traveling down a Toledo street and briefly trapped the driver, who climbed out when authorities provided a ladder.

Toledo police Sgt. Joe Heffernan says a water main break beneath that road may have caused the sinkhole Wednesday. The hole is estimated to be at least 10 feet deep.

Police say the driver, 60-year-old Pamela Knox of Toledo, was shaken up and didn't appear hurt but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Heffernan says Knox saw the vehicle in front of her start to slip into the hole but drive beyond it. He says Knox couldn't avoid it.

Officials used a crane to pull the car from the hole. Repairs to the road are expected to take days.


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