A large sinkhole from a water main break swallowed a car early yesterday morning.
The road will be closed through at least Saturday as crews work to reopen the road to traffic.
Officials gradually reduced the closure since the sinkhole first opened up near Hill Street about 2:30 a.m.
The car had slowly continued to sink all morning and by the time a crane arrived to pull the car out at 8:30 a.m., the area was developing a show-like atmosphere.
Nearby residents came out to watch. And as the car was lifted by the crane, a city worker jokingly shouted, "Hey, don't scratch the car!"
A black two-door Honda Accord was traveling eastbound when it hit a hole with its left tire. The occupants were able to safely leave the car, he said.
As officials arrived at the scene, the hole grew over an hour to 15 feet deep, swallowing the car.
The sink hole is 15 feet wide by 24 feet and covers two of West Wendover Avenue's eastbound lanes.
Charlie Vance, who lives in a home across from the sinkhole, said a woman driving another car first hit the hole and landed in the median. The Honda Accord, with three occupants, was traveling behind the first car and was unable to avoid the hole.
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