Published on: December 9th, 2013
A water main break caused a sink hole that “swallowed the tire of a fire truck” in California, KGO reported.
The call came in around 7:00 p.m. Friday. It was a small water leak at first, but East Bay MUD says it was a 12-inch main that quickly broke wide open and sent thousands of gallons roaring down the hill.
An Alameda County Fire Department truck dispatched to help dig trenches to channel the waters away became a casualty when the street beneath it collapsed, swallowing one wheel of the 40,000-pound vehicle in a 10-by-15-foot sinkhole that continued to foil salvage attempts late Friday, the California Highway Patrol said.
Two tow trucks responded to help get the fire truck out, KTVU.com reported.