Car falls into big Northwest Side sink hole

August 20, 2011 (CHICAGO)

The sink hole is located near Foster and Elston and is 14 feet by 14 feet in size and 12 feet deep. A motorist driving a 2003 Acura fell into the hole and flipped upside down early Saturday.

The Chicago Fire Department rescued the driver, Bok Sam Khim, shortly after 5:45 a.m. The driver had his seatbelt on at the time and managed to safely get out as water began to fill the SUV.

Khim was hospitalized in good condition and has since been released. No other injuries were reported.

A spokesperson with the City Water Department says a water main broke, undermining the street, causing it to collapse.

Crews are on the scene right now making repairs. The intersection at Elston, Foster and Laporte remains closed. They hope to have it open by Monday.

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