RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A fire truck sank into Noble Avenue Thursday morning in an area that was about to be repaired by the Department of Public Utilities, leaving a massive hole for hours.
"I just heard a loud crash," said Mel LaPrade who lives on Noble Avenue.
LaPrade was surprised to find a fire truck stuck in the road outside his house Thursday morning.
"The truck was sitting on a tilt," said LaPrade.
But he wasn't surprised it happened.
"You can feel it's been sinking down," said LaPrade. "There's an issue with the way the whole road settles."
It's an area that neighbors tell me has had issues for quite some time.
"This was probably the worst area down here," said Dr. Wade Smith who also lives on Noble Avenue.
"I have to drive around it because the front of my car the spoiler will hit the ground," said LaPrade.
The Department of Public Utilities say they had just received a call about water leaking on the road Wednesday. Sewer crews responded and found a bigger issue underneath with water filling the hole. They covered it with a temporary steel plate and scheduled another team to check it out Thursday morning. But it was already too much for the fire truck to bare.
"I guess the weight of the truck finally made it go through," said LaPrade.
Dr. Smith hopes crews will find the bigger issue. He along with 19 other residents had to deal with no water for several hours. Crews cut the line after one noticed flooding.
"I think they've underestimated just how much infrastructure work needs to be done underground," said Dr. Smith.
The Department of Public Utilities hasn't said whether it's a water line or sewer issue or what the permanent fix will be.
The fire truck was checking on the road closures and not on an emergency call at the time.