Sinkhole OPENS trapping 15-tonne road sweeper as workmen resurface street

by Michael Mosher on October 18, 2017

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WORKMEN got themselves in a pot of bother after their 15-tonne road sweeper got stuck in a 4ft sinkhole which opened up on a street while roadworks were taking place.

One of the back wheels of the truck became firmly wedged in the collapsing road which was being resurfaced at around midday on Tuesday.

The large hole appeared on the street, which was closed to traffic, as around ten workmen were repairing Cole Hill, in Worcester.

Pictures show the vehicle, owned by Burntwood Road Sweepers, sunken into the ground as baffled workers look on.

Worcestershire county councillor Alan Amos, cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said: “While conducting carriageway resurfacing, highways teams unearthed two voids on Cole Hill.

“Highways are working to address the voids, and reinstate the road surface.

“The resurfacing of the road will be fully completed on Thursday, October 5.”

RingwayWorcs, a highway maintenance and infrastructure service provider, tweeted: “Cole Hill, Worcester surfacing works soon to continue after sinkhole uncovered.

“Area has been made safe, we are actively working on repairs”.

People took to social media to give their thoughts on the hole.

Allister Burd said on Facebook: “Why was a road sweeper on the road there anyway?

“Surface had been planed off”.

Matthew Bayer said: “Worcester council workers at there best lol”.

Philip Fowler said: “Our street. The road surface wasn’t that bad so why it needed resurfacing not sure.

“Now one of the lorries drops in a hole. Suggest avoid the area as think it may be more than the day they planned.”

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