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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.

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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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