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Sewer collapse blamed for northwest Ohio sinkhole

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A spokeswoman for a northwest Ohio city says the collapse of brick sewers beneath a road caused the sinkhole that swallowed a moving car.

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A Chevy Malibu is pulled from a sink hole that caved in near an old water main at the corner of Bancroft Street and Detroit Ave. Wednesday, July 3, 2013 in Toledo, Ohio. Police say the driver, 60-year-old Pamela Knox of Toledo, was shaken up and didn't appear hurt but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. (AP Photo/Katie Rausch, The Blade)

The 60-year-old driver says she was running errands and headed to her home Wednesday in Toledo when the pavement gave way and her car fell into a hole estimated to be at least 10 feet deep. Pamela Knox tells The Blade newspaper ( ) she feared she would die as water from a broken pipe poured into the back seat of her car.

She was briefly trapped but climbed out using a ladder with help from a firefighter. She was shaken and checked at a hospital but wasn't seriously hurt.

Knox, an elementary school principal, says she'll likely avoid the scene of the sinkhole for a while.


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