July 5th, 2013
12:24 PM ET

Sinkhole Rescue Survivor Speaks Out

“New Day” is following up on the stunning story of a 60-year-old woman who was rescued after her car was swallowed by a massive sinkhole while she was still in it.

Pamela Knox was driving in the middle of a busy Toledo, Ohio street when she felt the ground give way and plummeted nearly 20 feet into a sinkhole that is suspected to be the result of a broken water main.

“A city official blames the collapse on an outdated sewage system built with brick in the 1890s,” CNN's Nick Valencia reports. “They tell CNN they are working on trying to find the source of the failure.”

Knox says she doesn’t remember how long her car was stuck in the sinkhole before a team of firefighters came to her rescue. 

“New Day” co-anchor Kate Bolduan speaks to Knox for more on her ordeal:

Knox says she had just completed some errands before driving down a familiar road she’s driven down over many years.

“All of a sudden the street underneath me caved in and the street gave way,” she says. “And I found myself falling in my car into this deep, deep hole.”

Unaware what happened to her, Knox says, “I just started calling out on the name of Jesus”.

Knox says she noticed the backseat of her car filling up with water and feared she could drown.

“I thank the lord,” Knox says, “that my strong faith kept me and kept me in sound mind during that time.”

For more on the story, go to Zain Asher's report from July 4.

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