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Sinkhole On Broadway Snares Jeep; Passenger Slammed Into Windshield

By Ariel Cheung | May 1, 2017 9:52am | Updated on May 1, 2017 10:26am
 This sinkhole on Broadway sank a Jeep, injuring its passenger.
This sinkhole on Broadway sank a Jeep, injuring its passenger.
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LAKEVIEW — One person was hurt early Monday when a Jeep fell in a sinkhole in the middle of water main construction on Broadway.

The car fell in the hole around 4 a.m., driver Jeffery Garcia told NBC5 Chicago.

"We were just having a good night, and all of a sudden, my car just sunk," Garcia said. "The road sunk underneath it, and we were in a puddle. My friend's head hit the windshield."

Broadway was closed as crews repaired the street Monday morning. Around 10 a.m., traffic was restricted to one lane.

A sewer collapse caused the sinkhole, according to the city's Department of Water Management. The department dispatched a second crew to assist with repairs as water main construction continued.

The sinkhole appeared near 3411 N. Broadway, right in the middle of a massive water and sewer main replacement project that has kicked up clouds of construction dust in the last five months.

RELATED: Construction Dust Is Choking Us And Our Businesses, Broadway Merchants Say

Merchants and residents said crews aren't doing enough to mitigate the problem, which some said has caused them health issues.

A few have even taken to wearing face masks on Broadway to limit the amount of dusty air they breathe in.