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Video: Dramatic rescue after woman's car swallowed by sinkhole

The driver was unharmed, but “shaken-up” after the ordeal.

A WOMAN’S RECOVERING today following a bizarre accident in northwest Ohio. Her car was swallowed by a giant sinkhole, and she was briefly trapped around ten feet below the road’s surface before authorities staged a rescue operation.

The driver, Paula Knox, climbed to safety after a ladder was lowered down the hole. Police said she had been taken to hospital as a precaution as she was “shaken-up” but didn’t appear hurt.

Sgt. Joe Heffernan of Toledo police said Knox saw the vehicle in front of her start to slip into the hole but then drive beyond it. He said Knox couldn’t avoid the hole.

It’s believed a water main break beneath the road may have caused the sinkhole. Officials later used a crane to pull the car out.
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(Youtube: Associated Press)

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