CORPUS CHRISTI – An electrical truck was stuck in a sinkhole for most of the day near Chorpus Christi International Airport.
And while the hole was deep, that didn’t seem to be the biggest problem.
The electrical company, Chain Electric, was on County Road 36 at around 7:30 this morning fixing power lines when one of their trucks was trying to back up and turn around.
But it wouldn’t get that far. The truck hit a sinkhole around 6 feet deep.
According to the electrical company there were no cones or markers put down to warn the oncoming traffic of the sinkhole.
Chain Electric actually noticed something was wrong yesterday when they saw water bubbling up through a leak in the road.
They called the city’s water department who checked out the problem and determined it was a broken water main.
The city decided they would come back Monday morning to repair the leak. But it was too late, the truck had already fallen in.
The city and Chain Electric argued for hours over who was responsible for getting the truck out of the hole.
The city claimed they didn’t have the proper equipment. On the other hand the electrical company didn’t want to be responsible for any additional damages to the truck. And they felt this mess was the city’s fault.
The transmission foreman for Chain Electric, Tom Brotzman says that while they have insurance, they hope the city of Corpus Christi also does, “It’s kind of their responsibility. I turned it in yesterday and it wasn’t fixed.”
The trucks front tire was damaged, and the accident set the company back a couple of hours, but Brotzman wasn’t going to let this get in the way of work, “Life goes on. It’s pretty aggravating but you got to take what’s thrown at you.”
Later this afternoon, the Sheriff’s Department did bring a wrecker to get the truck out of the sinkhole. And the city was able to repair the leak.
The truck was sent to a repair shop and we are waiting to hear back from the city on who is going to be responsible for taking care of the damages.