09/04/2012 07:12 EDT | Updated 11/04/2012 05:12 EST

Sinkhole swallows car in Ottawa

An Ottawa driver escaped with only minor injuries after his vehicle fell into a sinkhole on Highway 174, near the Jeanne D'Arc exit.

Ottawa fire department spokesman Mark Messier said the driver of the vehicle "crawled out on his own" after his car fell into the massive sinkhole.

The four-door sedan was headed eastbound on the highway and turning off at Jeanne D'Arc Tuesday afternoon when the incident occurred.

Police have closed the exit and Highway 174 eastbound from Jeanne D'Arc to Montreal Road.