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Monday, March 27, 2006; Posted: 4:10 p.m. EST (21:10 GMT)
NEW YORK (AP) -- A city street collapsed under a sports utility vehicle early Monday, leaving the vehicle nose down into a deep sinkhole that officials said was caused by a water main break.
The driver of the SUV escaped without serious injuries but was taken to a hospital for treatment of shock, said Fire Department spokesman Brian Conlon.
From street level, the vehicle was barely visible inside the 12-foot-wide hole Monday morning. It came to rest atop a gas main, which was capped off by KeySpan Corp., and workers were able to remove the SUV by the early afternoon, said Andrew Troisi, a spokesman for the Office of Emergency Management.
The damage to the street was probably more extensive than was visible, since water leaking from the 8-inch main could have been washing away soil beneath the street for days, said Ian Michaels, a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection.
"It's unlikely that the only part of the roadway that was damaged was that car-shaped hole," he said.
Michaels said emergency contractors would break up the road to determine the extent of the damage. Part of a subway line running beneath the road was also temporarily shut down.
Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
[QUOTE=delmarco]How funny and scary is this?
It happened in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn....
Yep, read about that incident today. Sounds like similar type of events which occurs all too frequently here in San Francisco. The infrastructure underneath is old, antiquated and in need of major renovation also.
So not surprising stuff like this happens to motorist. Sad, but true!! The perils of living in a big and old city!!! Good to hear that this motorist escaped serious injuries. Still, can you imagine that drop into hell when you least expected it???? Oh man......
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