City of Regina crew goes to fix road, falls into sinkhole

There was an ironic development Friday for a City of Regina crew sent to fix a road in the Douglas Park area.
Efforts to fix a road in Regina's Dougas Park area hit a snag when the pavement gave way and a city truck fell into a sinkhole. (Trent Peppler/CBC)

There was an ironic development for a City of Regina crew sent to fix a road in the Douglas Park area Friday.

The city says it was aware of a water main leak in the area, but it got worse overnight. 

A road crew was dispatched to fix the problem, but on the way a section of road gave out under the weight of a city truck hauling a trailer. Within seconds the truck had sunk down more than a metre, right up to the top of the rear axles.  

Efforts then shifted to getting the truck out.

Shortly after 11 a.m. CST, the truck had been successfully pulled out of the sinkhole.

Although abrupt, the incident quickly identified the exact location of the leak, which a city official said would be fixed by day's end. 

Regina roads have taken a beating in recent weeks thanks to a freeze-and-thaw cycle that has undermined the pavement and cracked dozens of water mains.

A City of Regina crew got stuck in this hole Friday morning, but by 11 a.m. CST, their truck was out and it was back to work fixing it. (Roxanna Woloshyn/CBC)

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