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Woman survives after sinkhole swallows up her car while she was still inside

Sinkhole Iowa Highway
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(BELLEVILLE, NJ) — A New Jersey woman was in her car when a sinkhole swallowed up her vehicle while she was still inside.

Lizette Pagan was at a park located in Belleville, New Jersey when a main break caused a massive sinkhole that swallowed up her car while she was still inside.

According to News 12 New Jersey, she was driving at around 5:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday through the area and said she saw water pooling up in the road with three cars in front of her trying to make it through. Pagan thought it was safe to pass, however her car was sucked in by the sinkhole and she was underwater.

Pagan was unable to escape her car at first when it began to sink into the ground on Tuesday.

“I’m still in shock. I couldn’t go to sleep last night because I thought I was drowning. So, I hope that fear goes away, you know?” Pagan says.

A crane had to be brought into the site on Wednesday to pull Pagan’s car out after it sank so deep it was only partially above ground.

Pagan managed to get her car door slightly open and then swam to the edge where she was rescued.

Pagan is now working with her insurance company to cover the damage to her car.