Truck falls into sinkhole in Fall River
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WHDH) -- A large garbage truck fell into a sinkhole in Fall River Wednesday afternoon after heavy rains flooded streets and caused heavy damage in the area.
The massive sinkhole --nearly 10-feet wide and 10-feet deep -- was big enough to swallow up the front tires of a multi-ton garbage truck during the torrential rains in Fall River.
“Rain on the mind of the street and the truck drove over picking up the trash and it fell in the street,” said Ray Hermans, Fall River Department of Public Works.
The whole front end of the truck was underneath. You couldn’t see the tires; you couldn’t see the front bumper. And pretty much the back of the truck was what was holding it from going all the way in,” said Alexandra Anglace, a witness.
The heavy rains turned streets into rivers in low-lying areas in the city. Countless cars stalled as they drove into the deep water. Many of those cars were totaled.
“Basically as she drove by she just drove through a big puddle of water and she got stuck right there in a puddle and she couldn’t go anywhere,” said George Moreira.
George Saldana’s car stalled after he got caught in the flood. He and his wife and young son were stranded for hours.
“We got caught in the flood and tried to make it to Burger King parking and the car got water inside so it won’t start. I’m stuck here. Let it dry,” said Saldana.
Crews were still working on filling the sinkhole Wednesday evening.