Chicago Sinkhole Gobbles 3 Cars

Three cars fall in; one man injured

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 18, 2013 12:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – A giant sinkhole gobbled up three cars and sent one man to the hospital on the Southeast Side of Chicago this morning, the Chicago Tribune reports. The injured man was trying to maneuver his car around the hole when it widened underneath him. He sustained minor head injuries as his car fell in. Another woman said she was about to get into her car when the hole opened under it. "It could have happened to me," she said.

The AP attributes the hole to recent heavy rain in the area. A city water department official tells the Tribune that the rain may have helped break a nearly 100-year-old water main, which in turn caused the sinkhole.

The sinkhole is seen in this screenshot from WGN.
The sinkhole is seen in this screenshot from WGN.   (WGN)
Officials survey a gaping sinkhole that opened up on Chicago's South Side after a water main dating back to 1915 broke, Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Officials survey a gaping sinkhole that opened up on Chicago's South Side after a water main dating back to 1915 broke, Thursday, April 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Officials survey a gaping sinkhole that opened up on Chicago's South Side after a water main dating back to 1915 broke, Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Officials survey a gaping sinkhole that opened up on Chicago's South Side after a water main dating back to 1915 broke, Thursday, April 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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