Driver OK After Car Flips into Sinkhole

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    A man in his 30s said to be in good condition after the Acura he was driving plunged into a sinkhole and flipped upside down on the Northwest Side Saturday morning. (Published Saturday, Aug 20, 2011)

    A man in his 30s was said to be in good condition after the Acura he was driving plunged into a sinkhole and flipped upside down on the Northwest Side Saturday morning.

    The "5-corner" intersection at Foster, Elston and LaPorte avenues is closed until further notice, according to Jefferson Park District police Lt. Robert Kohnen.

    The man was the lone occupant of a 2003 Acura when he drove into the hole shortly before 6 a.m.

    He was able to get out of the overturned vehicle by himself by the time paramedics arrived, said Kohnen. He was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital where he was said to be coherent and able to talk.

    The street is in worse condition.

    "Water was spewing from the main into the hole" from a broken water main, said Kohnen.

    Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Thomas Byrne has been to the area, said Kohnen. Barricades were seen being erected around the hole at about 9:15 a.m.

    No citations are expected. It was not known why the road collapsed.