Ohio sinkhole swallows car, driver climbs out

Thu Jul 4, 2013 10:48pm EDT

1 of 2. Pamela Knox waits for rescue after a massive sinkhole opened up underneath her car in Toledo, Ohio in this July 3, 2013 handout photo provided by Toledo Fire and Rescue.

Credit: Reuters/Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld/Toledo Fire and Rescue/Handout via Reuters

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(Reuters) - A sinkhole swallowed a car as it was traveling down a street in Toledo, Ohio, and the 60-year-old driver climbed out of the hole using a ladder supplied by rescue workers, a fire department spokesman said Thursday.

A water main break or heavy rains may have caused the sinkhole to open up under the street on Wednesday as the woman was driving down it, fire department Lieutenant Tom Kuhman said.

"She saw the car in front of her kind of almost go in but her car, being already in motion, was unable to avoid it," he said.

The hole was at least 8 feet deep "and quite large," he said.

The woman was unhurt and climbed out of the hole using a ladder, helped by a firefighter.

The Toledo Blade newspaper quoted Mayor Mike Bell as saying it would take city crews four or five days to repair the road.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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