Truck stuck in Somerville sinkhole

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WHDH) — A Somerville road crumbled underneath a truck and created a sink hole Friday.

“I was driving down the street and pretty much right road just gave way,” said the driver.

It’s likely the truck “Big Mack” was the tipping point that caused the road to cave.

“Just a soft spot and the weight of the truck was just, at the time I guess, just weakened and the truck fell through,” said Deputy Chief William Lee of the Somerville Fire Department.

And it created an underground danger that firefighters had to address immediately.

“There are some gas lines under there, the gas company is here, they’re shutting those down,” said Lee.

The sink hole was sudden, but removing the big truck took a little more time. Crews first had to brace the truck so they could safely hook on lines and cables, then gentle hoist the vehicle out of the crater it created.

“Big Mack” stared back up without a struggle and the driver was able to drive away from the scene. It left behind a reminder that the situation could have been a lot worse.

“It’s a pretty scary feeling,” said the driver.

Newton Street in Somerville will remain closed until crews can fix the road.


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