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Ohio sinkhole swallows car; driver climbs ladder

A firefighter helps a man climb out of a sinkhole in Toledo, Ohio after his car sunk in 07-03-13 (©2012 Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld/Toledo Fire & Rescue Department)
A firefighter helps a man climb out of a sinkhole in Toledo, Ohio after his car sunk in (©2012 Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld/Toledo Fire & Rescue Department)
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Updated: 7/04/2013 3:48 pm
TOLEDO, Ohio -- A northwest Ohio sinkhole has swallowed a car traveling down a street and briefly trapped the driver, who climbed out after authorities gave her a ladder.

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

Police say driver Pamela Knox didn't appear hurt but was shaken up and 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.

Copyright The Associated Press


Video: AP/WFTV Orlando
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