Sinkhole Swallows Car

Tow truck workers prepare to pull out the car who was swallowed by a sinkhole that occurred after a water main break in Bladensburg, Md., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A water main break caused a sinkhole in a suburban Washington, D.C. neighborhood, swallowing up a family’s car just after they escaped in Bladensburg Maryland on Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Water has been restored to a suburban Washington neighborhood where a water main break caused a sinkhole that swallowed a car.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said Jan. 27 that water was restored at about 1 p.m. to 77 customers in Bladensburg in Prince George’s County, where a 90-year-old pipe broke at roughly 3 a.m. causing a sinkhole.

The water main break flooded several nearby homes, and sanitation crews worked for four hours to close the valves and stop the flow of water. Crews have replaced 15 feet of pipe.

Darwin Mendoza says he was in his car with his children when it hit the hole as he was backing out of his driveway. Shortly after he and his family got out of the car it was swallowed.