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  • 5 July 2014, 9:31

Mother And Son Run Over After Sinkhole Fall

A mother and son are recovering after their car was swallowed by a sinkhole and they were then run over by a truck.

Juanita Pineda, 41, and Benjamin Hernandez, 15, were delivering papers in rural Illinois in the early hours of Tuesday when the accident happened.

As they drove along a dark road theirFord Taurus plummeted into a 10ft-wide (3 metre) pit in the road in Kane County, west of Chicago.

Benjamin fractured his spine, nose and jaw and lost several teeth in the fall.

He can be heard crying in pain during his mother's 911 call.

As MsPinedaspoke to emergency services, a pick-up truck unwittinglydrove over them.

"Oh my God, no! Another car!" MsPineda, who was badly bruised in the crash, screams in the call.

The stunned pick-up driver stopped his car to help the pair.

Emergency crews managed to cut the mother and son from the wreckage.

Authorities said June's rainfall, double the average for the region, had caused the road to crumble.

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