Burst pipe causes a ‘hole’ lot of trouble
THE sinkhole that appeared on the road outside the Engen garage on Alumina Allee on Thursday in Alton was reportedly the result of a burst water pipe below the road surface.
Carlos Afonso, owner of the service station, reported the burst pipe to the City of uMhlathuze at about 7pm on Wednesday after he noticed water coming out of the driveway.
‘The water must have eroded the sand underneath the driveway, causing that section to collapse,’ said Afonso.
The municipality immediately attended to the burst pipe by switching off the water to the service station and erecting road closure signs.
However, with the signs not immediately at the hole and no danger tape around it, the driver of a truck fully laden with pipes drove over the eroded section of road at about 7.30am on Thursday, when exiting the station.
The back wheels on the left hand side of the truck became stuck in the sinkhole, causing the back end of the truck to sit at a precarious angle.
It took two tow trucks about an hour to pull the truck out of the hole, and the left lane that had been obstructed by the truck was re-opened at about midday.
‘I have added some danger tape around the hole so motorists can easily avoid getting into the same situation that the truck was in,’ said Afonso.
He said municipal workers had been to the site during the course of the day.