Car falls into possible sinkhole in Brookline neighborhood

A car drove into a hole where a water company was digging in the Brookline neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Monday afternoon. A viewer has shared photos that show the car partially in the hole. It happened around 3 p.m. on Merrick Street, which is near Freedom Street. Pennsylvania American Water confirmed late Monday that the hole, now filled, was not a sinkhole, but a hole dug by crews to repair a water main. Corbin Doane lives in Brookline and noticed the leak. He said he immediately reported it to the city. Penn American Water said a driver entered the marked work area where crews were repairing a water main and drove into the hole. “Unfortunately, it’s not surprising. I know that on this particular street the cars are going fast,” Doane said. Doane said that as an avid runner, he notices road issues and reports them urgently. it or not, but I would hate for someone to go through this and have an accident, it’s even more serious if something happens,” Doane said. Penn American Water officials said none of his employees had been injured and that the company is reviewing Doane encourages people to report any problems they see to 311 or online. Penn American Water also reminded drivers traveling in construction zones to obey the speed limits of work area and focus on the road. Photos courtesy of Dennis McFeely.

A car drove into a hole where a water company was digging in the Brookline neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Monday afternoon.

A viewer has shared photos that show the car partially in the hole.

It happened around 3 p.m. on Merrick Street, which is near Freedom Street.

Pennsylvania American Water confirmed late Monday that the hole, now filled, was not a sinkhole, but a hole dug by crews to repair a water main.

Corbin Doane lives in Brookline and noticed the leak. He says he immediately reported it to the town hall.

“We assumed it was a water main break, we could see it coming up through the pavement causing ice, it was really muddy,” Doane said.

Penn American Water said a driver entered the marked work area where crews were repairing a water main and drove into the hole.

“Unfortunately, it’s not surprising. I know that on this particular street the cars are going fast,” Doane said.

Doane said that as an avid runner, he notices road issues and reports them urgently.

“Someone else might not notice, like last night, I don’t know if at 2:15 in the morning, if I was the first person to see this or not, but I would hate for someone goes through it and having an accident, it’s even worse if something happens,” Doane said.

Penn American Water officials said none of its employees were injured and the company is reviewing the incident.

Doane encourages people to report issues they see to 311 or online.

Penn American Water also reminded drivers traveling in construction zones to obey work zone speed limits and stay focused on the road.

Photos courtesy of Dennis McFeely.

Dennis McFeely

The car goes into the hole

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