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Chicago sinkhole swallows three cars; one driver hurt

Published:   |   Updated: April 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Chicago has been pummeled by an all-night rainstorm that ripped open a sinkhole this morning that swallowed three cars and injured one driver, according to The Associated Press.

More than five inches of rain caused the sinkhole to rip open around 5:20 a.m. in the South Deering neighborhood, near Lake Michigan, Chicago Police spokesman Mike Sullivan said. The hole has grown to about 40 feet wide, according to WGN.

Police said the injured person was driving in the 9600 block of South Houston Avenue when the road caved. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with nonlife threatening injuries, WMAQ reported.

Two cars were inside the hole when fire crews arrived. A third car, which was parked, slid into the hole after they arrived, according to the station.

About 300 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport and dozens of schools were closed, the NBC station said.

The strong storms that hit the Midwest on Wednesday are delivering some wild weather. Consider St. Louis where the temperature reached 85 degrees Wednesday, but the forecast calls for temperatures around 40 degrees Friday.

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