UPDATED: 1:43 p.m. January 27, 2015
BLADENSBURG, Md. (WNEW/AP) — A broken 12-inch water main in Bladensburg has caused a sinkhole that swallowed up a family’s car just after they escaped.
The 90-year old pipe in the 4800 block of Edmonston Road broke about 3:30 a.m.
A sinkhole formed in the street and swallowed one car. Another was stuck on the edge of the sinkhole. Both cars were removed this morning.
Darwin Mendoza says he was in the car with his 8-year-old son, and two daughters, a 4-year-old and a 6-month-old baby, when it hit the hole as he was backing out of his driveway. The hole was hidden by water.
Mendoza says at first, only one tire sank, and that he and his children got out of the car. They then watched as the sinkhole got bigger and swallowed the car whole.
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says the main is 90 years old and was put into the ground in 1925, when Calvin Coolidge was president.
The water main break flooded several nearby homes.
WSSC’s Claims and Emergency Services Team was onsite working with affected homeowners.
WSSC crews have restored water service to the 77 customers affected by the water main break Tuesday afternoon.
Crews spent about four hours working to get all the necessary valves closed to stop the flow of water.
They replaced about 15-feet of pipe and put the water main back into service about 1:00 p.m.
Edmonston Road is closed between Decatur Street and Chesapeake Road while the street is repaired.
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