December 27th, 2006 5:33 pm | by Lance Kramer News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

And you think you've had a tough day


The Sinkhole that Swallowed a city truck on Tuesday will cause the intersection at Southeast 16th Ave. and Oak Street to be closed for a week.

That news today comes from city officials who say that the exact cause of the accident remains unknown (while also telling us that events of this kind are extremely unusual. Whew! That's good to know).

Repair crews will spend the next two weeks re-filling the cavity and repairing the damaged water and gas lines.

The city is investigating why the sinkhole opened up on Southeast Oak Street Tuesday afternoon, creating a 20-foot void in the road and engulfing two city transportation maintenance workers and their high-pressure sewer cleaning machine. The workers were taken to the hospital and released later Tuesday night with minor injuries.

In response to the event, WW might need to create a new category in our weekly “Winners & Losers” section: “Recipient of our Collective Pity.” Those two poor guys started their day responding to call to unblock blocked raw sewage, and ended up at the bottom of a 20-foot-deep sinkhole. Kind of makes it hard to complain about your tough day at the office.

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