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Sinkhole in carwash parking lot swallows massive truck

OAKWOOD, Ga. — An excavation truck proved too heavy to pull out of a sinkhole.

OAKWOOD, Ga. — According to wsbtv.com, on Jan. 17th around 7:45 a.m., a sinkhole opened underneath a 55,000-pound truck in the parking lot of Diamond Auto Spa and swallowed it, leaving its front tires and cab hanging in the air.

The truck came from the Badger company, which, ironically, uses water to blast through rock and dirt to perform excavating and digging services, the article stated; it was carrying 1,600 gallons of water.

The driver was unharmed, the article noted.

The reason for the sinkhole is likely a storm drain that caved in, the article added.

After the city checked the building plans for the carwash, they learned it was built about 20 years ago and has a pipe of corrugated metal about five feet high running across the length of the parking lot and right underneath where the truck sat; officials believe that over time, the pipe rusted and eroded, the article added.

Hall County firefighters responded to the scene and did find a diesel spill, but only a few gallons had leaked out, the article reported.

According to a separate article on abcnews.go.com, workers first pumped fuel from the truck and then transferred the 1,600 gallons of water to a separate truck in the hopes of making it light enough to remove from the hole; however, as of Tuesday night, workers were still not able to remove the truck.

Read the original story here and the follow-up here.

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