City blames sinkhole on broken, century-old sewer line

A photo taken by rescuers before the female driver is removed from the sinkhole.

City crews are working through the 4th of July holiday to repair a giant sinkhole in the middle of a busy Toledo roadway, and now the city says old infrastructure is to blame for the hole.

According to Toledo Police, a woman travelling southbound on Detroit Ave. at Bancroft drove into the large hole. The entire vehicle became engulfed by the hole in the road. The woman, Pamela Knox, 60, was extricated by the Toledo Fire Department and taken to a nearby hospital. No serious injuries were reported.

Mayor Mike Bell's office says the collapse of an outdated sewer line is to blame for the sinkhole. The line, built in the late 1800's, broke, eroding away soil underneath the roadway and creating the giant hole below.

The old line and giant cavern below the roadway can be seen in dramatic photos given to WNWO by the Toledo Fire Department. VIEW PHOTOS

The city says the area around the sinkhole will be closed for 1-2 weeks while repairs are made. Drivers are asked to avoid the following areas: Monroe and Detroit, Bancroft and Detroit, Detroit and Horace, Bancroft and Forrest, and Bancroft and Sylvan.