Sinkhole nearly swallows Atlanta fire truck

ATLANTA-- Atlanta firefighters respond to calls for help when vehicles get stuck, but Monday they were the ones trapped by a sinkhole.

Spokesman Janet Ward tells 11Alive the ladder truck truck from Station 1 was not responding to a call when it hit a sinkhole on Ashby Grove. The fire truck from Station No. 1 as stuck was stuck for about 40 minutes.

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Ward says the sinkhole was roughly eight feet long, six feet wide and five feet deep. It opened up beneath the back wheels. The truck was pulled out of the hole by a tow truck, suffering minor damage.

Crews covered the hole and planned to return on Tuesday to finish the job. Workers were attempting to determine if the sinkhole had affected a sewer line that runs in the middle of the street.

Residents who live nearby said they were concerned that the sinkhole could affect homes.


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