- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say a sinkhole that swallowed a woman’s car as she left a Pittsburgh-area tanning salon was caused by a four- to five-foot wide storm drain that carries an underwater stream beneath the salon’s parking lot.

Ross Township police say the collapsing pipes are the responsibility of private property owners. The building’s owners haven’t commented on the issue.

But the motorist trapped in the sinking car, 49-year-old Natalie Huddleston, of Shaler Township, says the owner of Hollywood Tans helped her escape as her car slipped backward into the sinkhole about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Shop owner Lisa Masley says Huddleston “put down her driver’s side window and I pulled her out.”

Crews were working to repair the pipes Wednesday along McKnight Road, a busy red-light district in Pittsburgh’s North Hills suburbs.

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