Photos courtesy of Toledo Fire & Rescue:

Toledo Mayor Mike Bell’s office says the city has determined what caused a sinkhole to swallow a woman’s car with her inside on Detroit Avenue Wednesday.

Mayor Bell’s office says a broken sewer line caused soil to wash away, leaving a hollow cavern under the road.  The failure happened at a crossover section between a 30 and a 36 inch sewer line, according to the mayor’s office. Both lines were constructed in 1891.

Toledo Fire and rescue crews had to lower a ladder into the sinkhole to rescue 60-year-old Pamela Knox. Knox was miraculously unharmed.

“You know, I was just calling on the name of Jesus. I was saying Jesus, Jesus, Jesus until the car came to a stop,” said Knox.

Knox says she sat in her car for about 20 minutes before fire crews arrived.

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