As a relentless rainstorm battered the Chicago area early Thursday morning, Laide Giwa watched her Dodge Charger drop into a sinkhole.
The hole — which had already swallowed two vehicles before claiming Giwa’s car —was not caused by the rain but by a break in an aging water main, officials later said.
Witnesses said the hole opened up in the 9600 block of South Houston Avenue about 5 a.m. and eventually was the entire width of the street.
Two vehicles fell in first, a parked car and then a silver pickup truck driven by Mirko Krivokuca, who lives on the next block and was driving to work.
Krivokuca was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for “a couple of scratches,” his father, Petar Krivokuca, said as he stood in the rain , staring in disbelief at the massive hole.
Ola Oni said she was about to leave for work when her parked car dropped into the hole. She was just glad she wasn’t in it.
“It could have happened to me,” Oni said. “I am lucky. I’m happy.”