A rainstorm pummelling the Chicago area has ripped open a sinkhole large enough to swallow three cars.
One driver was so badly injured he had to be taken to hospital.
Chicago Police Department spokesman Mike Sullivan said the gaping hole opened up in a street on the city’s South Side, near Lake Michigan.
He said the injured man was driving when the road buckled and caved in.
He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, but his injuries are not life-threatening.
The owner of one of the two parked cars that fell in was about to leave for work and watched it slide into the pit.
Ola Oni told The Chicago Tribune: “It could have happened to me, I am lucky, I’m happy.
“Look at this, this neighbourhood is in danger.”
Flooding has also forced authorities to close sections of several major roads around Chicago.
Schools have been closed for the day, and several hundred flights were scrapped at O’Hare International Airport.
Thursday’s storm has dumped more than five inches of rain in some areas.