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Watch Detroit sinkhole swallow two cars

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DETROIT (WJBK) - A fresh sinkhole in Detroit along McClellan and Felch streets, near Gratiot Avenue, trapped two vehicles Friday evening.

Davonte Reed says he thought he was driving over a drainage backup when his Ford Focus became abruptly stuck in the ground.

"It's - BOOM. I just leaned forward, my face hit the steering wheel, and it's just crazy," he says.

He says he called police who told he they couldn't provide assistance, and suggested he call a tow truck. While Reed was waiting to be towed, he called and alerted FOX 2 to his situation and we sent a crew to the scene.

The tow truck came and pulled out Reed's vehicle. But, shortly after, a second vehicle drove over the same spot and also got lodged in the sinkhole because no barricade had been placed.

That accident was caught on FOX 2 camera. The photographer was shooting the tow truck driving away from the scene, carrying the Ford Focus. In just a matter of seconds after the tow truck drove out of the shot, the Jeep drives into the sinkhole. The photographer unfortunately did not have time to warn the driver because the tow truck was blocking his line of sight, and when he realized what was happening it was too late.

"I think it's ridiculous. They should do something about that. That's a main street here - a lot of traffic," says Jesse Rutledge. His Jeep was the second vehicle to get stuck.

That area first saw problems a few months ago when a water main broke. It was repaired, but gave way causing the sinkhole.

Both men had to pay to get their cars towed. Reed hopes to be reimbursed but was told it was not the city's fault.

"Yeah, it's my fault for driving through. It's my fault for driving on the city street," Reed jokes.

Workers from the city's Water and Sewerage Department came to the scene after to assess the damage. Water was still bubbling up later Friday night, though, so a second crew will come out Saturday morning to get a handle on the problem.




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