10:30 p.m., Sept. 4)
Hwy. 174 sinkhole swallows car during afternoon rush hour
collapsed stormsewer is being blamed for creating a large
sinkhole on the Hwy. 174 Jeanne d'Arc Blvd. off-ramp that
swallowed a Hyundai Accent during the afternoon rush hour
Unger, 48, of Orléans was approaching the eastbound
off-ramp at around 5 p.m. when he noticed a large dark
spot in the road that looked like fresh pavement. Before
he could mentally process what was, in fact, a large hole,
he drove into the opening front end first.
hear 'Bam! Bam! Bam!' like big loud noises and shaking,
my immediate thought was Oh my God, I hope Im
not getting killed and crushed here'," said Unger
who was left shaken but relatively unscathed by the accident.
what I saw and what I went through, Im just lucky
to be alive."
was helped out of the hole by two Good Samaritans who
stopped to see if he was okay.
incident brought the afternoon rush hour to a compete
standstill. As of late Tuesday night, city work crews
were still assessing what steps needed to be taken to
remove the car, repair the sewer, fill the hole and replace
the pavement. In all likelihood it could take several
174 eastbound remains closed from Blair Rd. to Jeanne
dArc as crews continue to work.
A Hyundai Accent sits on end after falling
into a sinkhole on the Hwy. 174 Jeanne d'Arc
Blvd. off-ramp shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Fire Service
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