Highway swallows car

By | September 10, 2012

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Photo: CTV News.

A Canadian motorist has had his daily commute cut short after his Hyundai Accent disappeared nose first into a sinkhole on a busy highway. The enormous hole opened up on an off-ramp for Highway 174 – one of the city’s heaviest traffic routes – during peak hour last week. The hole was so deep that only the rear bumper of the vehicle could be seen.According to Canadian news broadcaster CBC News, the driver of the car, Juan Pedro Unger, thought the sinkhole was a piece of plastic on the road. With no time to brake, he and his car plunged into the hole, with Unger left dangling in the driver’s seat.

“I couldn’t make a radical manoeuvre, it could have caused an accident,” he told CBC News. “I just tried to come to a stop, but I couldn’t and it just sunk in,” he told CBC.

The sinkhole developed up after a 50-year-old, 3.6-metre wide sewer pipe opened up under the surface of the highway.“There were two big gaps with water flowing into them like a river was forming, and completely pitch black under it,” Unger is quoted is saying, explaining that the car was being battered by water while he remained suspended by his seat belt.

Unger managed to open his door and climb out of the hole, where two witnesses helped him.

He escaped with minor scrapes and bruises in the accident.

“It was a huge relief to be out and alive,” Unger said.

According to the site, the section of highway is now closed off as the sinkhole has grown to be the size of an “Olympic-sized pool”. Unger’s Hyundai has been removed from the cavernous opening, and photos of the wrecked car have been posted on Twitter by Canadian news site CTV News.

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Amazing that he survived. It looks like a one car targeted test attack from some new kind of new secret underground weapon… or just some stinky subterranean man-eating worms.

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