According to WSSC Water, repair crews had been called to the area at 4 AM that morning to fix a broken 30-inch water main; which had caused the large sinkhole. They immediately set up safety cones and barriers to stop people from driving in... or so they'd hoped.
It took crews working in the sweltering heat until 5 PM to finally haul the soggy car out of the hole using a crane, before it was loaded onto a flatbed truck and hauled away.
WSSC officials also rebuilt their barrier, begging motorists to actually pay attention to them this time.
"We don't want something like this to happen. So we have the cones out there. They're bright," a spokesman told NBC. "We want you to stay safe, so respect the work zone."
Our crews respond to an avg of 1,800 water main breaks every year. If you see our crews, our trucks plz follow traffic directions and respect the work zone. Help us keep you and our team safe! #WorkZoneSafetypic.twitter.com/Qyh8Yq39zL
Local business owners meanwhile were furious at the extended — and completely avoidable — delays.
"We were just starting to get busy this week. We was just having our best week," said newly-opened Catch 22 restaurant owner Sammy Davis, who estimated the shut down cost him $8k-$10k per day. "This is horrible."