N. Iowa man files lawsuit over crash into sinkhole

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northern Iowa man whose car careened into a sinkhole has filed a lawsuit seeking money from Mitchell County.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/19m7caJ ) that Mark Evans, of Osage, filed the lawsuit, which claims the county should have done more to prevent his car from plunging into the hole created by flooding.

Evans says he was driving about 4 a.m. on May 26 when he hit a black snow fence placed by a county worker about 20 feet from the sinkhole. He couldn’t stop and drove into the hole. He was injured and his car was severely damaged.

He’s seeking unspecified damages from the county and a jury trial.

Mitchell County Attorney Mark Walk says he thinks state law protects counties from liability during times of such emergencies.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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