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Sinkhole swallows Ohio street, driver

The driver was trapped until firefighters brought her up using a ladder.

Toledo Fire and Rescue Department via Associated Press

The driver was trapped until firefighters brought her up using a ladder.

TOLEDO, Ohio — A sinkhole swallowed a car traveling down a street and briefly trapped the driver, who climbed out after authorities gave her a ladder.

Toledo police Sergeant Joe Heffernan said a water main break beneath the road might have caused brick sewers to collapse Wednesday, which cause the sinkhole to develop. The hole was estimated to be at least 10 feet deep.

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Police said the driver, Pamela Knox, 60, did not appear hurt but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Heffernan said Knox saw the vehicle in front of her start to slip into the hole but that car was able to get beyond it. He said Knox could not avoid it.

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

Knox, an elementary school principal, told a Toledo newspaper, The Blade, that she feared she would die as water from a broken pipe poured into the back seat of her car. She said she expects to avoid the route for a while.

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