A sinkhole in New Jersey opened up on a quiet neighborhood street Tuesday morning, swallowing a car whole and sending three families fleeing from their homes.

"My dad, he heard what sounded like a recycling truck or something and a gust of wind. He said that part of the road collapsed in the backyard," South Amboy, New Jersey resident Dawn Matthews told Pix 11.

A Kia Soul ended up at the bottom of the huge crater caused by a broken water main. No one was hurt when the street gave way. It could have been much worse. Pix 11 reported children marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade had walked down that very stretch of road just the day before.

Three homes were evacuated and water has been turned off for the surrounding neighborhood. It isn't yet known when the families will be able to return to their homes, or if the ground underneath is structurally sound. Water service should be restored by Wednesday evening.


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