Chicago woman’s Mercedes almost swallowed by a SINKHOLE

Chicago woman’s Mercedes SUV is almost swallowed by a SINKHOLE after construction workers poured asphalt over roof of basement and turned it into parking space

  • Danielle, who did not give her name, found her white Mercedes narrowly missing a sinkhole that developed under her back tires 
  • Her parking spot – which she pays $165 a month for – was built over an abandoned basement that was not filled in 
  • Her insurance is claiming the sinkhole is an ‘act of God’ and may not help her pay for the damages done to her car 
  • However, Civil Engineer Mae Whiteside Williams said it was a case of someone ‘messing up royally’ 
  • Building owner Mike Fifield said he was unaware of the basement and would look to see if there were others  

A Chicago woman almost lost her Mercedes to a sinkhole after her parking spot was built over a basement. 

Danielle, who did not give her last name, was shocked to find the back of her Mercedes SUV teetering on the edge of the massive sinkhole underneath her car on Wednesday. 

The pristine white car’s back tires can be seen with open air underneath them, as the car’s bumper is the only thing holding it back from falling. 

‘Um yeah, it was in the hole,’ Danielle laughed as she spoke to CBS 2. ‘Thank God I wasn’t in it.

‘I’m worried about this whole entire block, but not just this block, others in the area, because that parking situation is pretty typical over here.’

Danielle leases the parking spot for $165 and said she had no idea her car sat on top of an old basement roof. 

A sinkhole opened up underneath a Chicago's woman's white Mercedes on Wednesday

A sinkhole opened up underneath a Chicago’s woman’s white Mercedes on Wednesday

The parking spot was built over an abandoned basement that had not been filled in

The parking spot was built over an abandoned basement that had not been filled in 

Danielle, who did not give her last name, said her insurance company is calling the incident an 'act of God' and might not help pay for the damages

Danielle, who did not give her last name, said her insurance company is calling the incident an ‘act of God’ and might not help pay for the damages 

Now, her insurance company is claiming the sinkhole is an ‘act of God’ and might not help her pay for her car’s damages. 

However, Mae Whiteside Williams, who works for a civil engineering company, told CBS 2 that it was not divine intervention, but rather ‘somebody messing up royally.’ 

‘I mean you’re talking about safety,’ she said. ‘They probably said: “Okay, that’s good enough,” but it’s not. It’s clearly a massive void. It’s about six or seven feet deep down there.’ 

Williams said someone just poured asphalt down over the garage’s roof instead of filling it in to provide support. 

‘Essentially, this section is acting like a bridge,’ Williams told the outlet. 

However, the building owner Steve Fifield claimed he didn’t know there was a basement under the parking spot. 

No building permits show any record of the pavement, according to CBS 2. 

Fifield did tell the outlet he would be looking into his other properties in the area to see if similar situations are happening. 

‘Once you’re alerted, you need to be proactive and that’s what we’re doing,’ he said.  

Building owner Mike Fifield (pictured) said he was unaware the spot had been built over an abandoned basement and he would look into it to see if there was more

Building owner Mike Fifield (pictured) said he was unaware the spot had been built over an abandoned basement and he would look into it to see if there was more

Mae Whiteside Williams, who works for a civil engineering company, does not believe the insurance company's claim that it was divine intervention, but rather 'somebody messing up royally'

Mae Whiteside Williams, who works for a civil engineering company, does not believe the insurance company’s claim that it was divine intervention, but rather ‘somebody messing up royally’ 

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