Water main break buckles South Fulton road, trapping utility truck in sinkhole

SOUTH FULTON, Ga. — A giant hole opened up in the middle of a South Fulton road and trapped a City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management truck inside of it.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes watched as crews inspected the scene off Loch Lomond Drive and Orkney Lane.

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A Channel 2 Action News viewer called our newsroom Thursday morning to report the truck. The viewer said he saw a truck driving down the street when all of a sudden, the road buckled.

The 22-foot wide hole nearly swallowed the truck. A heavy wrecker was called to remove the truck from the hole, which is approximately 10 feet deep.

Fernandes made a call and found out that the utility truck workers were cleaning storm water drains when the road buckled.


Neighbor David Washington recalled discovering the sunken truck.

“I was out getting my morning walk at 8:30 when I saw water running all through the streets. There was mud and a smell of sewage. I think I actually heard the truck as it fell as I started walking this morning.”

Later in the day a second hole opened up on the same street.

Investigators tell Channel 2 Action News that the holes stem from a water main break under the road, which saturated the ground below the road with water and caused it to buckle.

South Fulton police confirmed to Channel 2 that no one was injured.


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