A 72-inch water main break on Tuesday, Aug. 9, in ne, New Jersey, made Lizette Pagan’s morning commute to work rather challenging.
Not only did the excess water flood the roadway, but the break also caused a massive sinkhole as Pagan was driving. The sinkhole was triggered when soil was eroded from water flowing at 25,000 gallons per minute, NJ.com reported.
Pagan’s car fell through, and images show it nearly completely submerged.
“Today was the worst 10 minutes of my life,” Pagan said in a Facebook post. “Going to work this morning I fell in a sinkhole. I had to think fast to save myself. Water was coming in the car so fast.”
She swam to safety but said in an interview with KTVQ a day later that she is “still in shock.”
“I couldn’t go to sleep last night because I thought I was drowning,” she said. “So, I hope that fear goes away, you know?”
Images from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office show the vehicle was towed out of the sinkhole.
Belleville is about 5 miles north of Newark.