Ohio sinkhole swallows car; driver climbs ladder

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, July 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/Toledo, Ohio Fire and Rescue Department, Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld, File)
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, July 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Toledo, Ohio Fire and Rescue Department, Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld, File)

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

Toledo police Sgt. Joe Heffernan says a water main break beneath the road may have caused the sinkhole Wednesday. The hole is estimated to be at least 10 feet deep.

Police say driver Pamela Knox didn’t appear hurt but was shaken up and was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Heffernan says Knox saw the vehicle in front of her start to slip into the hole but drive beyond it. He says Knox couldn’t avoid it.

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

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