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1 Person Hospitalized After Chicago Sinkhole Swallows 3 Cars [VIDEO]

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Apr 18, 2013 09:44 AM EDT
Chicago Sinkhole
A sinkhole opened in a residential Chicago neighborhood early Thursday morning, injuring one and claiming three cars. (Photo : Video Screenshot / WGN TV )

Drivers in Chicago had a rough start Thursday morning after a sinkhole opened up in a residential neighborhood, injuring one and claiming three cars.

The Chicago Tribune reports one person was taken from the sinkhole and rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The person is reported as in serious-to-critical condition.

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The sinkhole opened up at 5:20 a.m. after a night of strong storms, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

According to the Tribune, the fire department responded within 10 minutes of the sinkhole being reported and arrived to find two vehicles in the sinkhole. A third slid in after crews arrived.

Weather may have been a contributing factor to the sinkhole, which from photos appears to be about 10 feet deep and as wide as two car lengths.

Heavy overnight rains brought a reported five inches of precipitation to the Chicago area and resulted in some flooding and the closure of three expressways, local Chicago news station WGN TV reports.

The new comes after a Florida community has been plagued with sinkholes, some deadly, over recent months.

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