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Man injured after sinkhole opens up and swallows him in Toronto street

Toronto fire had to set up a perimeter around the hole to distribute the weight of their equipment before rescuing man.

A man raking leaves at his North York home suffered minor injuries after a 2-meter sinkhole opened beneath him, and swallowed him up to the neck.

Victor Biro/For Torstar news service

A man raking leaves at his North York home suffered minor injuries after a 2-meter sinkhole opened beneath him, and swallowed him up to the neck.

A man had to be rescued after he fell into a sinkhole that opened up on Tamworth Rd. in Willowdale. The man suffered minor injuries from the fall.

Toronto Fire received a call at 4 p.m. saying a man was trapped in a hole up to his shoulders. The sinkhole is next to a drainage hole, Toronto Police Services reported.

According to witnesses, the sinkhole opened under the man’s feet as he was walking down the street.

Toronto fire had to set up a perimeter around the hole to distribute the weight of their equipment. They then set up: a ladder over the opening, a tripod, a harness and a winch, to get the man out.

The operation took roughly 15 minutes.

After the rescue operation, Toronto Water and the transportation department took over the scene to assess how the sinkhole opened.

The man in his 20s was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The road remains closed.

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