SUV Falls Into Large Sinkhole On Chicago’s Northwest Side

A man was driving to work this morning on Chicago’s Northwest Side when his SUV fell into a large sinkhole.  According to news accounts the sinkhole “opened” as the SUV drove over it.

The accident happened at the intersection of Foster and Elston Avenues at approximately 5:30 a.m., according to Chicago Police and the Chicago Department of Water Management.

A spokesman for the Department of Water Management, Tom LaPorte, said the 10 to 12 foot hole was believed to have formed after a water main broke, which subsequently washed away the foundation under the roadway.

The driver of the SUV was Bok Khim, 66.  His Acura MDX SUV was said to have nearly completely flipped over as it fell into the deep sinkhole.  A crane was used to retrieve the vehicle.  Khim was said to have been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.

A construction worker passing by helped Khim out of the sinkhole by lowering a ladder into the hole.   Khim was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital with neck pain and bruises, according to his nephew.

Additional details can be found in the August 20 Chicago Tribune article titled “SUV tumbles into sinkhole on Northwest Side.”