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Oklahoma City sinkhole blamed on water main break

A break in the 10-inch water main caused the street to collapse under a car in downtown Oklahoma City. The two occupants were unharmed.
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Modified: September 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm •  Published: September 5, 2013

A broken 10-inch water main created havoc Thursday for parts of downtown Oklahoma City, according to city utility officials.

The break resulted in a large sinkhole near NW Second and N Villa Avenue, said Debbie Ragan, city utilities department spokeswoman.

Ragan said soil in the area of the break eroded and eventually caused a portion of the street to collapse.

Ragan also said a car fell into the sinkhole. However, neither the driver or passenger was injured.

Ragan said the car's owner will be able to file a claim with the city if the vehicle sustained damage.

City crews were continuing to work to repair the break late Thursday afternoon.


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