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Sink hole swallows truck tire

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A Toledo neighborhood is inconvenienced by yet another sink hole.  This one along Haughton Drive swallowed up part of a truck.

The hole is not really that big.  But it started out much smaller a month ago and the city did not do anything about it.

Wednesday morning, a tree cutting crew parked too close to a 3-foot hole.  The road gave way and the trucks right front tire sunk up to the axle.  It’s frame, bent.

Len Baker told the city about the hole back in April.  He told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann, “I figured like the next day they’d be working on it but they did not.”

And the 8-inch hole grew to become a 3-foot tire swallower.

There’s the problem with a hole like this is it is right at the end of a Baker’s driveway.  If he wanted to take one of his cars and back out, his back tires could dip right into the hole.

Fortunately, Len is retired.

He says, “We can get out of the driveway but I wouldn’t say safely.  I have been using the bicycle more than the car.”

“To let it go for as long as it has for a month is ridiculous.”

Jim Parlette says this is the third time a sink hole has opened up on this side of Haughton street.

A huge hole opened up a few months ago just a few houses down from the Baker residence.  The road had to be patched.

Paulette has lived along this road for 50 years and is a former engineer.  He believes the sandy soil wash out when “probably a lot of water ended up in that hole and probably undercut underneath that road.”

The truck popped out easily, once crews got to it, but the hole is still there.

“That side of the street is where the sanitary sewer runs.”

Toledo’s sewer and drainage manager says clay pipes and sandy soil lead to these cave-ins that become too deep for city crews to handle.

Dave Pratt said, “This hole is beyond the reach of what our crews can do and we have to hire a special contractor to get the work done.”

So a contractor has been hired to fix the road next Monday or Tuesday and it could cost thousands of dollars…

Pratt says the city works on about half a dozen of these types of holes each day.  And with our aging underground pipes and sewers,  expect this problem to continue, perhaps again along Haughton Drive.

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