TELL CITY, IN (WFIE) –
A Tell City Electric Department line truck collapsed through the intersection of 9th and Schiller Streets on Monday morning around 9:20 a.m.
Officials say the intersection of 9th and Schiller Streets had been closed because of a dip in the pavement.
“For it to be a city truck that large in a sink hole was pretty, pretty intense,” said witness Monique George.
George lives just feet away from where the truck fell into the hole. She estimates around 40 people gathered to take a look and take pictures.
“Lots of people taking pictures. I was one of them,” George said.
Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing says the hole is a byproduct of a nearby waste water system. She says the hole had been paved over and barricades were in place to deter drivers away from that spot.
“Unfortunately, we learned this morning that at some point yesterday, the barricades and cones marking that area had been removed,” Ewing said.
Police don’t know who moved the barricades, or for what reason, but they, and Mayor Ewing, are just happy neither of the two men inside the truck were injured.
“Vehicles can be repaired as well as streets. So all-in-all, we were very, very lucky,” Ewing said.
Mayor Ewing says she isn’t sure how long this stretch of road will be blocked off. But she says public safety is their number one concern. Officials will be working quickly to resolve this problem.