Woman narrowly avoids Mishawaka sinkhole

A Michiana woman is lucky she kept her eyes on the road this afternoon after a sinkhole nearly swallowed her car.

The driver avoided what would have been about a five-foot plunge into the gaping hole at the intersection of Christyann Street and Lasalle Avenue.

The Mishawaka Sewer Department launched a camera into the sewer line to see if it had broken down and caused the ground to give way.

The six-foot-wide hole has closed the intersection to traffic as crews investigate the problem.

The city's assistant street commissioner has been with the department for 26 years and says this is the first sinkhole in five years that's he's seen open up like this.

"You drive over it… It is actually washed out about two feet under each way so it could actually create an eight to ten foot whole and it could take a whole car in and create some serious damage,” said Assistant Street Commissioner Tim Ryan.

Officials say there was some construction on this section of road a couple of years ago, so the sinkhole could have been triggered by the ground being moved or even aging pipes.

They won't know an exact cause until an investigation is conducted to determine what repairs need to be done.

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