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Published On: Fri, Jul 5th, 2013

Pamela Knox, Ohio woman, lucky to be alive after sinkhole swallows her car

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.

Sinkhole swallows car in Toledo OhioA 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.

Pamela Knox didn’t appear hurt but was shaken up and was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Toledo police Sgt. Joe 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.

“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.

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

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

Photo: Video coverage: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbc-news/52387961#52387961

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