Car removed from a giant sinkhole that was created by broken water main
SALT LAKE CITY — A car that was swallowed by a sinkhole on Tuesday morning has been removed from the crater that was created by a broken water main. The Salt Lake Department of Public Utilities said that repairs can now begin on a broken water main.
Crews pulled a car from the sinkhole on @ 860 W 1300 S, which was blocking access to waterline break. Repairs can start, working to restore water to the block. Road still closed to traffic. @LBriefer @SLCgov @slcmayor @slcCouncil @KSLTraffic @fox13 @abc4utah @KUTV2News @KSL5TV pic.twitter.com/cP9qCR45ja
— SLC Department of Public Utilities (@SLCPU) May 3, 2022
The water main break early Tuesday morning created a seven-foot sinkhole that ended up swallowing a small car.
The Salt Lake City Fire Department said the water main break happened on 1300 South between 700 West and 900 West. They reported damage to two homes and other vehicles along with the car that sunk.
Water Main Break. Avoid 1300 S. between 700 W -900 W if possible. Damage to two home and vehicles. Large sink hole swallowed a car as well. pic.twitter.com/CFsaLe9xGf
— Salt Lake City Fire Department (@slcfire) May 3, 2022
According to KSL TV, the car owner claimed the car was his only mode of reliable transportation. He told KSL NewsRadio what happened on the Dave and Dujanovic program late Tuesday morning.
🚨BREAKING: You’re looking at a car… going down in a sinkhole caused by water main break in Salt Lake City.
I just spoke with the car owner. He said that was his only mode of reliable transportation.
We’re live on @KSL5TV.
🎥: SLC Fire pic.twitter.com/IOoKZra4Bj
— Karah Brackin (@KB_ON_TV) May 3, 2022
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said that repairs to the water main could take between six to eight hours. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area.
I’m thankful for our public utilities team that will be working diligently to repair the water main break on 1300 S. We’re hopeful service can be restored in 6-8 hours. https://t.co/KT8jMQwRbi
— Mayor Erin Mendenhall (@slcmayor) May 3, 2022
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