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Two hurt as car stuck in sinkhole east of Sycamore

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:56 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:33 p.m. CDT
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(Mary Beth Nolan for Shaw Media)
Burlington Township Highway Commissioner Jack Krueger survey looks over the work ahead after storms caused a sink hole on Thomas Road. A car fell into the hole after 4 a.m.
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(Mary Beth Nolan for Shaw Media)
Burlington Township Highway Commissioner Jack Krueger clears car parts from a sinkhole on Thomas Road. A car fell into the hole after 4 a.m.

VIRGIL – Two people were trapped inside a Ford Taurus early Tuesday after the vehicle drove into a sinkhole and a pickup truck drove over it, authorities said.

Juanita Pineda, 41, of Elgin, was driving north on Thomas Road near McDonald Road about 3:50 a.m. when she encountered an area of road that had been washed away, and her Taurus ended up below the road level, Kane County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler said. After that, a southbound Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Irvin Moreno, 25, of Maple Park, ended up on top of the Taurus, trapping Pineda and her 15-year-old son, Benjamin Hernandez, Gengler said.

The sinkhole was about 10 feet across and appears to have been caused by the heavy rains that fell Monday night, Gengler said. Thomas Road will be closed between Middleton and McDonald roads indefinitely because of the damage, officials said. It sits in a rural area east of Sycamore and north of Virgil.

Firefighters freed Pineda and Hernandez, who were taken to local hospitals for injuries that apparently were not life-threatening, Gengler said. Moreno was treated at the scene and released. No tickets were issued. Police were dispatched to the scene at 3:50 a.m.

Gengler said Pineda and Hernandez were delivering newspapers at the time of the crash.

Gengler said the situation illustrates the dangers of driving on flooded roadways. He said it is "a rural area, and there are no street lights."

"You don't know what's under that water," he said.

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