Toledo sinkhole swallows car, woman driver safe (Video)

By on Jul 4, 2013 in United States Comments

A huge sinkhole in Toledo, Ohio swallowed a car this Wednesday, July 3, 2013, as shown in the video below. According to, the driver was identified as Pamela Knox, who was taken to Toledo Hospital and was not hurt. Knox, 60, reportedly escaped after climbing up using a ladder.

Toledo sinkhole swallows car

Toledo sinkhole swallows car
Credit: WXYZDetroit video

As noted in the report, the Toledo sinkhole measures about 20-feet deep and ten to 15 feet wide and that members of the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department arrived and assisted Ms. Knox. The incident took place at the intersection of Bancroft Street and Detroit Avenue at around 12:15pm that day.

Ms. Knox was later released from the hospital. Her husband told the paper that she is now resting but suffered from headache. Authorities placed a barricade and the road was closed. The grey sedan was lifted at around 4 pm that afternoon, after it went under a pipe with water pouring on the top of the car.

A city spokesperson told that sewer lines under the road have collapsed. This caused the road to give in and the car to fall into the massive sinkhole, hitting a 6-inch water main and water to pour into the car. These sewer lines and the water main were reportedly installed during the 1800s.

“I’m just happy that as I understand, she walked herself out [of the hole]. We had a lot of rain lately and something must have washed out under the road.” Toledo Mayor Mike Bell was quoted telling to Toledo Blade, commenting on the massive sinkhole, adding that it will take around four to five days before the road will be repaired.

Toledo sinkhole, with a car being swallowed
Video Credit: WXYZDetroit/YouTube

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