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A car swallowed by a sink hole in Sioux City

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

A car was swallowed up by a sink hole in Sioux City.          

It happened around 11:30 Saturday night as a water main break on Transit Avenue and South Alice Street causing the street to fail.

Police were heading to the scene to shut the road down when 22-year-old Paul Mersch hit the sink hole falling several feet.

Mersch had just bought the car which immediately began to sink in the water.

Mersch was able to crawl out of the window.

Minutes later, the car was completely submerged.

"My understanding he just got back from either Iraq or Afghanistan very shortly so you could tell he had the training. He knew how to get out of the car and he was very calm when he got out. His training paid off. If it was me or someone else, I don't know if we would've gotten out," said Sara Gordon an eyewitness.

Mersch's mom says Mersch returned from Afghanistan last month and told her that military training "kicked in."

Meanwhile, Field Services Director Brian Fahrendholz says it took about two-hours to install a foot-long water valve to address the breakage.

Crews will be back at it Monday repairing the road. To look at newspotter pictures of the car being hauled out of the sink hole, go to our facebook page.

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