LYNNFIELD (CBS) – A huge pothole on Route One in Lynnfield had tow-truck driver Daniel Rice jumping into his truck early Thursday morning. When he got to the scene near the I-95 overpass, it was a mess.
State Police say there were between 20 and 30 vehicles impacted. “They were trying to avoid it, and hit it, and one after the other,” Rice said.READ MORE: Injuries Reported At Car Crash In South Boston
Commuters took to social media. “This destroyed two of my wheels,” said one driver. “This made for a pretty terrifying (and expensive) commute,” said another, who shared a picture of her flat tire.
It caused back-ups for hours, as crews, including Rice, changed tires. “Just doing one by one, by one, by one, just walking down the street,” he said. “We went down the list of who needed help first, and we got everyone back on the road,” he said.READ MORE: State Workers Face Sunday Deadline To Get COVID Vaccine Or Risk Losing Jobs
A lane on the southbound side of Route One stayed closed for hours as MassDOT repaired the hole.
Experts say record rainfall is taking a toll on roads this season. “That tire pressure, when the water can’t go anywhere, is terrible for asphalt. It would open up cracks,” said Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Nima Rahbar.MORE NEWS: Lawrence Teachers Will Rally Before School In Response To Increased Fighting
He likens the ground to a sponge that’s beyond saturation. “Imagine the sponge if you really push it hard, the water would want to expand and damage the structure.”