PHOTOS: Ground Opens In Chicago, Swallows Three Cars

PHOTOS: Ground Opens In Chicago, Swallows Three Cars

A sinkhole unexpectedly opened up on a residential street in Chicago’s southeast side on Thursday morning, swallowing three cars.

PHOTOS: Ground Opens In Chicago, Swallows Three Cars

Officials blamed the sinkhole on a broken water main, according to the Chicago Tribune. Heavy rains and flooding have also been drenching the area.

One man on his way to work could not avoid driving his car into the crevasse. He was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries, according to report from Reuters.

PHOTOS: Ground Opens In Chicago, Swallows Three Cars

Witnesses told the Tribune that the hole appeared to open up around 5 a.m., quickly spreading from 20 to 40 feet wide.

Neighborhood resident Ola Oni told the paper she was getting ready for work around 5 a.m. but had not yet gotten into her car when it fell into the gaping hole.

"It could have happened to me, I am lucky, I'm happy," Oni told the Tribune. She added,"In this kind of neighborhood, I don't think this should happen."

Sinkholes have plagued other areas like Florida, which has seen the underground dangers swallow businesses and homes, even taken a life.

Jeff Bush, a resident of Seffner, Fla., near Tampa, was killed last month when a hole opened up under his bedroom and swallowed him.

PHOTOS: Ground Opens In Chicago, Swallows Three Cars

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