Sinkhole swallows 3 cars on Southeast Side

A sinkhole swallowed three cars in the South Deering neighborhood on Chicago’s Southeast Side early Thursday morning.

One person was taken from the hole, at 9600 South Houston Avenue, to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The fire department responded to the scene around 5:30 a.m. when two cars were inside the hole. A third one slide into it after crews arrived.

Since the hole opened, it has expanded to about 40 feet wide. There is fear that it will get bigger as it continues to rain.

Crews with Chicago’s Water Management Department say they are pumping water out of the catch basins right next to the sinkhole to alleviate the pressure in hopes that it will prevent the sinkhole from growing.

Ald. John Pope tells WGN that an 8-inch water main was leaking through the night, and that leak coupled with the weather and soft ground caused the sinkhole.

On Thursday afternoon, crews were working to remove the cars from the sinkhole. Then, they will repair the water main leak.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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