Detroit Ave. reopens one week after sinkhole swallows vehicle

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

Eight days after a section of Detroit Ave. opened up, swallowing a vehicle and driver, the road is set to reopen.

Crews worked through the July 4 holiday and into this week to repair the massive sinkhole that closed the road at Bancroft Ave. on July 3.

According to Toledo Police, a woman's vehicle became engulfed by the hole in the road after she drove into it. She was extricated by the Toledo Fire Department and taken to a nearby hospital with serious injury.

Mayor Mike Bell's office says the collapse of an outdated sewer line is to blame for the sinkhole.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.

After over a week of repair to the sewer, water and gas lines, repaving of the road began on Wednesday.

The intersection of Detroit at Bancroft is scheduled to reopen to traffic in all directions by 4:30 p.m. Thursday.


The sinkhole was seen in dramatic photos given to WNWO by the Toledo Fire Department. VIEW PHOTOS