Car swallowed by sinkhole in Cherokee County

6:40 AM, Jan 30, 2014   |    comments
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A car hit a fire hydrant and caused a massive sinkhole on Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock (Jenna Layfield)

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- While many motorists were stranded on Georgia's roads and highways Tuesday night, one young man may have had the scariest commute of all.

A Woodstock High School student driving home from school shortly before 1 p.m. lost control of his car on an icy part of Towne Lake Parkway.

The 1995 Mercedes-Benz C280 slid down a hill, jumped a curb and hit a fire hydrant, which began to spew water.

The driver, Alec Monroe, managed to get out of the car before a sinkhole formed. Within half an hour, the Mercedes was submerged.

Monroe said his mother's credit card, all his school supplies and his winter jacket were inside the car. Thankfully, he was not hurt.

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