Those prone to paranoia, who suffer from visions of sidewalks opening up and swallowing them whole, might want to skip this story.
Yet another sinkhole incident has made splashing headlines, this time involving a car in Toledo, Ohio. A gaping sinkhole pulled an unsuspecting driver and her car about 10 feet underground on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
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The news wire reported the woman, Pamela Knox, needed a ladder to clamber out of the hole and authorities had to pull the car out using a crane.
Sinkholes have frequented the news lately after several dramatic incidents, including one that swallowed and killed a Florida man from his bedroom while he slept. Neither his family nor rescue workers could find any sign of him. Florida's geology makes it especially at risk of sinkholes.
A sinkhole measuring wider than a city street swallowed three cars in Chicago this April after a water main installed in 1915 broke, possibly because of heavy rainfall, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The front end of two cars also fell into a sinkhole near Montreal's Trudeau Airport in late March.
Tread carefully, cautious travelers. Alternatively, consider the possibility that recent terror over sinkholes amounts to little more than increased attention to a phenomenon that's always existed, as geologists speaking to the New York Times have said.
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