Crews Work To Repair Fenway Water Main Break That Swallowed Truck

BOSTON (CBS) – Crews were working Tuesday morning to get a water main break that left traffic snarled in the Fenway area repaired before the evening commute.

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Rushing water filled the street at the intersection of Park Drive, Brookline Avenue, and Boylston Street after the 12-inch pipe burst around 4:40 a.m.

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The break flooded the intersection of Brookline Avenue and Park Drive. (WBZ-TV)

Hours later, the the Boston Water and Sewer Commission truck on scene to suck out water and debris from the flood fell through and weakened the road.

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The truck is stuck at the intersection of Brookline Avenue and Park Drive. (Photo credit: Nicole Jacobs – WBZ-TV)

“It’s just crazy, I can’t believe it actually happened,” commuter Amy Hurst told WBZ-TV’s Nicole Jacobs. “Like, a sinkhole in the middle of Boston? You never see that.”

The driver was not hurt, but the truck stayed perched in its position until a tow truck could arrive to free it.

Meanwhile, a second truck arrived to continue repair work.

Police shut down Brookline Avenue from Kenmore Square to Longwood Avenue.

Officials said the pipe that broke was approximately 100 years old.

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The break flooded the intersection of Brookline Avenue and Park Drive. (WBZ-TV)

Traffic was being diverted onto Park Drive and Boylston Street while repairs are done.

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The break flooded the intersection of Brookline Avenue and Park Drive. (WBZ-TV)

Officials said the traffic pattern would change as repairs were made, and advised commuters to stay away from the area since the work was expected to take until around 5 p.m.

Water was temporarily shut off for the surrounding blocks, but was restored around 2:45 p.m., according to Boston Water and Sewer.

Officials said there was no property damage in the area.

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