Car goes into sinkhole caused by broken water main in Boulder

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BOULDER, Colo. -- A large sinkhole swallowed a car on Sunday after a water main break at a busy intersection in Boulder.

The incident happened just before 4 p.m. at Iris Avenue and Folsom Street.

“It’s a very good example: If you see water, stop, turn around, don’t drive through it,” city of Boulder spokesman Patrick von Keyserling said.

The water main break flooded the road with several inches of water and quickly dissolved the asphalt just as a 53-year-old woman in a Honda Civic traveling westbound on Iris passed over it.

“She got out very quickly and it's fortunate she did not fall into the hole with the car,” von Keyserling said.

Officials then worked to remove the vehicle from the sinkhole.

“Looks like they have hard time stabilizing the car to bring out in a direct manner. I supposed they brought in another to go at it from different angles,” a bystander said.

“We saw the third tow truck coming in and we were just wondering how many tow trucks it takes to tow a car out of a sinkhole,” another person watching the task said.

Slowly, officials pulled the car from the hole, which was about 4 to 6 feet deep.

Crews were still working on repairing the road Monday morning and traffic was being detoured. The repairs are expected to last much of the day. Alternate routes were strongly advised.

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