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Sinkhole swallows car in Ohio; driver escapes

10:42 AM, Jul 4, 2013   |    comments
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TOLEDO -- 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

Associated Press

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