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This photo provided by the Toledo, Ohio Fire and Rescue Department shows a car at the bottom of a sinkhole caused by a broken water line in Toledo, Ohio on Wednesday.

Sewer collapse blamed for sinkhole

TOLEDO, Ohio – A spokeswoman for a northwest Ohio city said the collapse of brick sewers beneath a road caused the sinkhole that swallowed a moving car.

The 60-year-old driver said 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 told The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/168YnzX ) 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, said she’ll likely avoid the scene of the sinkhole for a while.

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