Springfield DPW truck swallowed by sinkhole after road collapses

by Michael Mosher on January 19, 2018

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SPRINGFIELD – A Department of Public Works truck was swallowed in a sinkhole when the road collapsed due to a water main break Sunday.

The driver was in the truck when a part of Connecticut Avenue collapsed but he was not injured, said Gary Velozo, a supervisor for the Department of Public Works.

“He was here to sand and the street gave way,” he said.

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission initially responded to a water main break near the intersection of Dana Street, which dumped gallons of water onto the street. The Department of Public Works then dispatched a driver in a sand truck to treat the ice-covered road, Velozo said.

The collapse happened at about 4 p.m. Part of Connecticut Avenue is expected to be closed for some time while repairs are made.

Brandon Archambault, who lives at the corner of Dana and Connecticut Avenue, said he and his wife first noticed water flowing down the street about an hour before the road collapse and reported a water main had broken.

“I said hey, that road is sinking and all of a sudden it (the truck) dropped,” he said.

He and his wife checked to see if the driver was OK and said he was uninjured. The back wheels sunk through the pavement to the axle of the truck, Archambault said.

The truck is not believed to be badly damaged. The Department of Public Works was waiting for a tow truck to pull it out of the hole so they can assess if there is any damage, Velozo said.

 

 

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