Truck falls into sinkhole in Somerville

On June 28, 2013, in Latest News, by The News Staff

 

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A Massachusetts Waste System truck was traveling down Newton St. in Somerville when its rear tire fell into a sinkhole. Somerville Fire, Police, DPW and National Grid responded to the scene. Somerville Fire secured the truck and Coady’s Tow Service was able to lift the truck out. Somerville Police shut down Prospect St. and Newton St. to traffic leading to Union Square as city officials  assess the damage.

 

10 Responses to “Truck falls into sinkhole in Somerville”

  1. victoria says:

    Who wants to be the first to point out why there might be a sinkhole large enough to swallow a truck in Union Square?

  2. scaryscene says:

    yeah, great question. maybe we should be worrying about the structure of our roads? this is truly scary. I’d just like to add our Fire Dept. is just amazing. They are hit with such a variety of stuff, and they can handle it all. Hat’s off to them! Police, too, obviously.

  3. Bob says:

    I suspect that Victoria was referring to the water table in Union Square. There is a reason that Union Square sees so much flooding. That is the reason that rational people know that all of the plans being made for Union Square are, to put it nicely, insane.

  4. Barry the Pig says:

    The entire Union Sq area might get sucked into a big sinkhole.

  5. A. Moore says:

    Barry, just like our taxes going to city hall.

  6. ritepride says:

    Historically Union square for decades floods in heavy rains and also when it is snow season. The existing B&M commuter rail tracks have flooded to the point where the water is so high the trains cannot get through. None of the plans show improvements to address this major issue (flooding) first and then to look at other goals.

    Somerville just historically rushes to the issues of those who pass the white envelopes instead of its citizens. So the Mayor will address his goals and grandiose off the wall plans as he sees himself incorrectly as a “CEO”, instead of an employee of the taxpayers. Reality is while he is in the corner office what we really have is “Boss Hawg”.

  7. Loretta Long says:

    I live in the Union Sq area and I swear that a big chunk near the corner of my garden is 10 inches lower than it used to be. You can see the same outside the fence. Should I be worried?

  8. Marie says:

    Development will only make flooding worse. It’s amazing that anyone would plan to build anything in that area, much less the dense development projects being planned. Does the T not know that? Do they not do studies before placing and planning stations and tracks?

  9. Joann says:

    Development will only make flooding worse. It’s amazing that anyone would plan to build anything in that area, much less the dense development projects being planned. Does the T not know that? Do they not do studies before placing and planning stations and tracks?

  10. Joe Lynch says:

    Until the early 19th century, the Millers River ran through Union Square eventually meeting up with the Charles in Cambridge. I suspect that over the years, the Millers is more of an underground stream at this point. But Mother Nature has a great way of showing who’s boss. Underground erosion goes unseen for years until, voila! Sink holes eating vehicles, roadways and even buildings. With all the development planned for Union Square and the disturbance of the ground, the developers may want to build on stilts. And some enterprising person should invest in Duck boats to shuttle folks between Market Basket and the new Union Square Green LIne station.

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