Toledo Sinkhole: Pamela Knox's Car Swallowed Into Giant Hole [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on July 4, 2013 9:29 AM EDT

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A Toledo, Ohio, sinkhole swallowed the car of Pamela Knox on a busy street. She escaped with a few scratches. (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

A sinkhole in Toledo, Ohio, swallowed the car of Pamlea Knox 20 feet into the ground yesterday, as Knox drove along a busy street.

Knox, 60, was driving on Detroit Avenue when she saw the car in front of her begin to wobble. The car was able to drive off while the Toledo sinkhole opened up, but Knox wasn't able to maneuver away in time. Suddenly her Chevy Malibu plummeted down into the Toledo sinkhole.

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"Water started pouring into the back of the car and started filling up the back seat," said Knox, whose car snapped a water main while it plummeted into the Toledo sinkhole.

Firefighters arrived on the scene and placed a ladder in the Toledo sinkhole, as the hole began to fill up with debris. Knox was able to climb out of the sinkhole, with nothing more than a few scratches and a headache.

"They were my guardian angels," Knox said of the firefighters that saved her from the Toledo sinkhole. "I thank God for each and every one of them."

"It was just hard to believe that this was actually happening to me," said Knox. "As the car was falling, I just kept calling on the name of Jesus. I just kept saying Jesus, Jesus Jesus."

According to the local ABC affiliate, city officials blamed the Toledo hole on the collapse of an 1800s-era combined brick sewer, which they believe broke, washing the ground away. The concrete below became weak, they believe, and then finally gave out.

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