Sinkhole That Ate Car Costs Northwest Ohio City $100,000

August 29, 2013

A utilities official says a large sinkhole that swallowed a moving car and briefly trapped the driver cost a northwest Ohio city about $100,000.

Utility workers and contractors had to clean out broken sewer lines and fill the sinkhole that opened at a major intersection in Toledo in early July. WTOL-TV reports the city used a private contractor to help with emergency repairs for the broken sewer lines and the street above them.

The city council is scheduled to consider approval for a $73,000 payment to that contractor. Toledo Public Utilities Director Dave Welch says the total bill for the sinkhole rises to $100,000 when the cost of city employee labor is included.

The station says the injured driver who was rescued from the sinkhole by firefighters has recovered.

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