Car carrying 4 sinks into Evansville sinkhole

Evansville Policemen along with Chris Walsh, leftm look at a car that fell into a sink hole after a water main broke on Oregon St. at Main St. in Evansville, Ind. on Friday, May 30, 2014. The car's owner said he, his girlfriend and two children were in the car at the time. All got out safely from a passenger side door. (AP Photo/The Evansville Courier & Press, Kevin Swank)
Evansville Policemen along with Chris Walsh, leftm look at a car that fell into a sink hole after a water main broke on Oregon St. at Main St. in Evansville, Ind. on Friday, May 30, 2014. The car's owner said he, his girlfriend and two children were in the car at the time. All got out safely from a passenger side door. (AP Photo/The Evansville Courier & Press, Kevin Swank)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Evansville motorist and his three passengers escaped without injury when a gaping sinkhole opened up beneath their car along a city street and began swallowing the vehicle.

Timothy Stone tells the Evansville Courier & Press he, his girlfriend and two children had just stopped at a stop sign Friday afternoon when their car “felt weird” and started to sink.

All four of them managed to climb to safety from the car’s passenger side before its front end sank into the hole.

Two wreckers eventually pulled the car from the sinkhole, which a police report described as 12 feet in diameter and 16 feet deep.

Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Director Allen Mounts says a water main and a sewer line had failed in the area.

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