published Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Indiana sinkhole swallows car carrying 4 people

Evansville Policemen along with Chris Walsh, left, look at a car that fell into a sink hole after a water main broke on Oregon St. at Main St. in Evansville, Ind. on May 30, 2014. The car's owner said he, his girlfriend and two children were in the car at the time. All got out safely from a passenger side door.
Evansville Policemen along with Chris Walsh, left, look at a car that fell into a sink hole after a water main broke on Oregon St. at Main St. in Evansville, Ind. on May 30, 2014. The car's owner said he, his girlfriend and two children were in the car at the time. All got out safely from a passenger side door.
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A sinkhole swallowed a car on a street in southwestern Indiana, forcing the driver and his three passengers to have to climb to safety.

Timothy Stone tells the Evansville Courier & Press that he, his girlfriend and two children had stopped at a stop sign Friday afternoon when their car "felt weird" and started to sink.

The four of them managed to climb to safety from the vehicle's passenger side before its front end sank into the hole in Evansville. No one was injured.

Two wreckers eventually pulled the car from the sinkhole, which a police report described as 12 feet in diameter and 16 feet deep.

Water and Sewer Utility Director Allen Mounts says a water main and a sewer line had failed in the area.

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