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AutoBlog: Uncommon Workplace Hazards: Fire truck falls into Valley Village sinkhole

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First the good news: no one was hurt or injured. Now the bad: the halfway submerged fire truck you see attempting to be rescued was responding to a 911 call about flooding when a sinkhole opened up and partially swallowed it. All four of the crew members managed to safely exit the vehicle, but can you imagine? Like the (very annoying) sinkhole around Coldwater Canyon three days earlier, this one was caused by a busted water main. In other words, Los Angeles is crumbling from the bottom up. No word on when either sinkhole will be fully patched, and 40 customers remain without water.

[source: LA Times | Photo: Nick Ut/AP]

Uncommon Workplace Hazards: Fire truck falls into Valley Village sinkhole originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 11 Sep 2009 07:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Looks like Cali has abandoned falling into the pacific via a large earthquake and has instead decided to do it one sinkhole at a time... whatever works. :P

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What happened with the people they were responding to?

There may not have even been a direct emergency to anyone specific, but just a general call to provide safety for the public. When our volunteer crews get called out due to high river flooding, it's usually to observe and remove trees if they pose a danger to power lines and the traffic. They'll assess and determine a course of action which includes closing the highways should the need arise. I imagine that's what this pumper was sent to do.

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