Los Angeles Fire Engine 60 Collapses Into Sinkhole in Valley Village


News video of LAFD Engine 60 collapsed into sinkhole from KTLA.

SEP 08 2009 VALLEY VILLAGE, CA — A Los Angeles City fire engine 60 collapsed into a huge sinkhole caused by a water main break in the San Fernando Valley. Engine 60, with a crew of four firefighters, was responding to an “unkown water problem in the street” when the roadway collapsed under the fire engine.

The 6-inch water main pipe burst around 5:20 a.m. and eroded the ground near the intersection of Hartsook Street and Bellingham Avenue, east of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and south of Magnolia Boulevard (north of the Ventura Freeway).

The 42,000-pound fire engine was in reverse backing away from the collected water when the road collapsed.

All firefighters escaped without injury, and the cabin of the fire engine slowly continued to sink into the muddy water-filled hole.


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