Firefighting

Chicago Sinkhole Injures Person and Swallows Three Cars

A sinkhole that opened up on the street of a Chicago neighborhood swallowed three cars and injured one person, reports the International Business Times.

The Chicago Fire Department said that one person, who was not identified, was rescued from the sinkhole and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The victim was listed in serious-to-critical condition.

The hole, which occurred near the intersection of 96th and Houston on the South Side of Chicago, occurred after heavy overnight rains and flooding, although officials would not confirm if it had been caused by weather. The Tribune reports that the local Edens, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways had been temporarily closed Thursday morning due to nearly 5 inches of rain.

Chicago news station WGNtv reports that the hole had continued to expand even after rescue workers arrived at the scene and that it had nearly doubled in size in only 30 minutes. Only two cars were trapped inside the sinkhole when the fire department responded to the scene, but after their arrival it swallowed a third vehicle.

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