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Spring sinkholes develop
insatiable appetite for cars

Man's car swallowed in road menace he didn't even see coming

Published April 24, 2013
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So it’s 2 a.m. and you’re on your way home from a long day at work, maybe listening to some Nickelback and thinking of the grilled cheese sandwich you’re going to make when you get home.

And then whoosh: a sinkhole opens up and eats your car.

It’s that time of year and for whatever reason (aging water mains, mostly), this YouTube-esque phenomenon is happening more and more. Sinkholes big enough to eat an SUV or three are opening up out of nowhere and swallowing vehicles in one hungry gulp.

Just ask Bo Clegg.

More: Watch a giant Chicago sinkhole swallow three cars

The Saskatoon resident was on his way home from his restaurant, the Crazy Cactus, early Sunday morning when he hit a rough patch.

Clegg told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix he thought he’d hit a pothole.

That would have been better.

Instead, the road gave way and his car began sinking into a gaping, growing hole. And it just kept going, he said, until three wheels were off the ground and the cab of his car was filled with water.

“It looked like gravel and it just caved in,” he said. “I thought, ‘I’d better get out of here.’ ”

Clegg was rescued by passersby and was shaken but unharmed. His car wasn’t so lucky.

He doesn’t have an estimate for repairs yet, but says with the water damage alone, it’s not likely to be cheap.

And while Saskatchewan is having an especially virulent sinkhole season, the phenomen is making headlines in plenty of other locales as well. A giant, 10-metre hole took out three cars in Chicago last week, and here in Toronto, a massive 30-metre sinkhole opened up on Bayview Ave. in November, closing the street for a week.

The problem is typically caused by a combination of aging water mains and water washing dirt under the asphalt away, causing the road to collapse.

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