Miami sinkhole swallows Toyota

June 18, 2008 at 3:00 PM

MIAMI, June 18 (UPI) -- Officials in Miami are investigating the cause of a water-main break that produced a giant sinkhole on the Rickenbacker Causeway.

Emilce Gomez had just paid her toll to enter the eastbound lanes of the Rickenbacker when her Toyota Corolla fell into a hole estimated to be 15 feet wide and at least 6 feet deep, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Miami police say her car suffered about $5,000 in water damage before it was towed out of the hole Tuesday.

Two of the Rickenbacker's three eastbound lanes were closed until late Tuesday night while crews worked to repair the damage.

A spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer says the pipe that ruptured was approximately 50 years old.

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