Burst pipe causes a ‘hole’ lot of trou­ble

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

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.

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