Chicago Sinkhole Caused By 98-Year-Old Water Pipe

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On Thursday, April 18, most people were worried about the rains causing delays or floods in their neighborhoods or going to work. However, in the early morning, three car owners in the 9600 block of Houston Avenue had to deal with another problem—their cars falling into a sinkhole that was the entire length of the street.

When the sinkhole first opened up, one car parked on the street fell into it, along with a car being driven by a man coming home from work. Mirko Krivokuca ended up being taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for minor scratches, and the owner of the parked car was about to leave for work when she saw her car disappear into the street.

Another woman was about to go to work when she saw the sinkhole open up and went back into her son’s house to call the police. When the responders arrived, they told her it wasn’t safe to go near the hole.

Within an hour, the rest of the street section had collapsed, taking her car with it. A video that shows the car falling in can be seen here.

A fourth vehicle near the sinkhole was towed away before it could also fall in. Many crews that came out spent hours both retrieving the vehicles that fell into the hole and sliding metal plates around the edges of the sinkhole so that it did not expand.

Although only one person was in a car when the sinkhole occurred and only received minor scratches, his injuries could have been worse. If you’ve been involved in a car accident and had neck or back injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our law firm in Hinsdale, Illinois today to speak with an experienced attorney.

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