Woman survives being swallowed by a sinkhole

Friday, July 5, 2013 - 8:46am

Driver rescued from giant sinkhole.

"As the car was falling, I just kept calling in the name of Jesus, and I just kept saying, 'Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.'"

Hard to believe that's what 60 year old Pamela Knox thought as she sat in her trapped car.

She had plummeted nearly 20 feet into a sinkhole on a busy Toledo, Ohio Street.

The result of a suspected broken water main.

Frantic witnesses called 911.

"Yes a car just fell through the street on Detroit and Bancroft. The hole opened up."

"Okay. What kind of vehicle?"

"I don't know…A Chevy Malibu. It's in the hole, it's sucked in!"

"It wasn't like 'schoo'when it happened. No. It was falling and rolling."

Knox doesn't remember how long her car was stuck on shaky ground in the sinkhole before a team of firefighters rushed to her rescue

They helped Knox climb up a ladder to safety.

A city official blames the collapse on an outdated sewage system built with brick in the 1890s.

They tell CNN they are working on trying to find the source of the failure.

Knox says she survived unharmed because of her strong faith.

"Thankfulness, just thankfulness. Just thankful that I am a child of God. Just thankful"

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