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Truck submerged in Kitchener sinkhole

Huge sinkhole swallows truck in Kitchener, Ont.


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 5:44 PM - Two men are lucky to be uninjured after driving their truck into a two-metre-deep sinkhole in Kitchener, Ont. Wednesday morning.

The men were able to escape the vehicle, which was submerged in water. Two tow trucks were able to retrieve it from the crater around 10:30 a.m.

While the road did appear flooded in and around the sinkhole, there was no barriers in place to stop the drivers, The Record reports.

"We asked for the road to be closed and there was no response," said Wally Malcolm, director at Kitchener Utilities, told The Record.

A repair crew was called to Strasburg road between Trillium Drive and Battler Road around 1 a.m. following reports of a ruptured water main.

Repairs are expected to take several days, according to The Record. In the meantime, Strasburg is closed between Battler and Trillium.

Malcolm says officials have launched an investigation into why the road wasn't closed prior to the accident.

Experts say it's never a good idea to drive on flooded roads because it can be difficult to gauge the strength of the water or damage to the road underneath.

"The first rule of driving in flooded waters is, DON'T," writes Greg Malloy, a columnist for Autofile.ca. 

"Find another route. That's the only sure way to avoid getting stranded. When approaching a flooded area, you can't be sure of the depth of the water or the condition of the road beneath it, which may be broken up or washed away. Worst case, there may be no road left under the water."

According to Malcolm, it's unusual for a car to drive into a sinkhole in Kitchener. The last time it happened in the city was in the late 1980s.

Source: The Record

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