Sinkhole nearly swallows car in El Cajon

EL CAJON, Calif. – A driver escaped injury Monday night when her car was nearly swallowed by a sinkhole that formed after a water main break in El Cajon.

The water main broke below the roadway on North Johnson Avenue near Vernon Way at 8:37 p.m., according to El Cajon police.

The woman was driving near the intersection when the road crumbled and her car became caught in the sinkhole. She was able to get out and was not hurt.

Upon arrival, officers barricaded the intersection and worked with the Helix Water District to shut down the intersection and begin repairs.

The intersection, Vernon Way and southbound Johnson Avenue reopened to traffic Tuesday around 9 a.m. Northbound traffic on Johnson Avenue remained closed until repair were completed.