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Toledo Sinkhole Swallows Moving Car [VIDEO]; 60-Year-Old Female Driver Trapped, Climbed Out Using Ladder

By Staff Writer | July 03, 2013 11:36 PM EDT

Toledo Sinkhole
(Photo : Youtube (wxyztvdetroit))

A huge Toledo sinkhole swallowed a car in the middle of the road on Wednesday, July 3. The female driver, 60 years old, got trapped.

According to Click On Detroit, The estimated 10-ft deep Toledo sinkhole is specifically at West Bancroft Street and North Detroit Avenue. The car swallowed by the Toledo sinkhole was “getting dumped on by water flowing out of a main under the road.”

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Washington Post reported that a water main break beneath the road may have caused the Toledo sinkhole, according to police officer Sgt. Joe Heffernan. Also, as reported by The Weather Channel, Mayor Mike Bell told Toledo Blade, "We had a lot of rain lately and something must have washed out under the road.”

“Northwest Ohio paced well-ahead of its average rainfall during the last month.” Meteorologist Nick Wiltgen from Weather.com said, "Toledo has had 6.46 inches of rain since June 1. The average is 3.78 inches for that period."

Watch the video below of the Toledo sinkhole, uploaded by wxyztvdetroit.


The female driver, Pamela Knox, who was trapped in the huge hole in Toledo, Ohio was able to succesfully get out by 12:30 pm through firefighers' help and a ladder. Fortunately, the 60-year-old Knox did not suffer any life-threatening injuries but police say that she was shaken up.

Though she was not hurt, the victim of the Toledo sinkhole was brought to the hospital immediately for precaution. According to the report citing Heffernen, “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.”

A Crane was used to pull the car from the huge Toledo sinkhole. Experts said road repairs in the affected area may take several days.

Update: Pamela Knox shared her experience from the Toledo sinkhole

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