Garbage truck falls in sinkhole caused by water main break along U.S. 41

Reporter: Nicole Lauren
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Truck crashes into sinkhole. Photo via Lauren Sweeny, WINK News

It’s not something you see every day. A garbage truck fell into a large sinkhole along U.S. 41 in Fort Myers, Tuesday morning. The roadway was softened by a water main break which caused the sinkhole.

Multiple crews were on scene assisting with the crash and water main break which caused congestion along U.S. 41 near Youngquist Road.

The truck was removed from the hole, and crews worked at the scene for most of the day to fix the leak and the hole.

15 of the surrounding businesses were without water and others were on a boil water notice. Employees are having to park on side streets and across the roads in order to get to work.

Joshua Burnside is the owner of Alabaster Dental Solutions and saw it all while at work at a nearby plaza, “As soon as I walk out the door there was just this massive flood coming down through here.”

Sydney Toggweiler was a customer at another business, and said, “It appears that they are sucking the water out of the ground and then I guess just re-patching the hole.

The county says the hole should be patched up by the end of the day.

Garbage truck that fell into sink hole caused by a water main break.


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