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Sinkhole swallows car after water main break

An NBC Washington photo shows a car swallowed up by a sinkhole that was caused by a water main break in Bladensburg.
An NBC Washington photo shows a car swallowed up by a sinkhole that was caused by a water main break in Bladensburg. (NBC Washington)

Water has been restored to suburban Washington neighborhood where a water main break caused a sinkhole that swallowed a car.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said Tuesday that water was restored at about 1 p.m. to 77 customers in Bladensburg in Prince George's County, where a 90-year-old pipe broke at roughly 3 a.m. causing a sinkhole.

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The water main break flooded several nearby homes, and sanitation crews worked for four hours to close the valves and stop the flow of water. Crews have replaced 15 feet of pipe.

Darwin Mendoza says he was in his car with his children when it hit the hole as he was backing out of his driveway. Shortly after he and his family got out of the car, it was swallowed.

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