CHICAGO (MCT) — One person was hospitalized after a sinkhole swallowed three cars in Chicago’s Southeast Side neighborhood Thursday morning.


Witnesses said the hole opened up around 5 a.m., quickly growing from about 20 feet to about 40 feet. First two cars slid in, then a third as the hole widened, witnesses said. A fourth vehicle was towed from the edge as it was about to fall inside, witnesses said.


Merko Krivokuca was driving his pickup to work when the hole opened up and he drove down into it. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for “a couple of scratches,” according to his father, Peter Krivokuca.


The sinkhole opened up after a water main broke, according to Tom LaPorte, spokesman for the Water Department.


The heavy rain could have contributed to the break of the cast iron pipe that dates back to 1915, he said. Officials are looking at the age of the main as well as weather conditions.


Sinkhole swallows three cars in Chicago after rains