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Firetruck rescued from sinkhole in Arlington

Updated at 11:29 a.m.

It took a really big tow truck with a 40-ton rotator 45 minutes to pull an Arlington County Fire department truck out of a sinkhole Friday in Arlington.

The firetruck got stuck in a sinkhole near 17th and North Harrison streets this morning as it was trying to respond to a report of a six-inch water main break in the area, according to Arlington fire officials.

Firefighters saw water running down 17th Street, and as they were trying to find where the water was coming from, the front passenger wheel of the truck went through the pavement, according to Deputy Fire Marshall Brian McGraw.

McGraw said it appeared that the water main had been leaking underground for some time and that when the firetruck went over it, that was “enough for the wheel to go through the pavement.”

The truck is being inspected by county officials to see whether it was damaged, but McGraw said he believes the damage is minimal. No one was injured in the incident.

The Arlington Fire Department showed the rescue of its truck on Twitter:



Updated at 9:45 a.m.

An Arlington County firetruck became stuck in a sinkhole Thursday morning in a residential area of Arlington.

The incident occurred about 6 a.m. near  17th and North Harrison streets. Roads in that area are closed as crews work to repair the road and move the firetruck. It is not known how long roads will remain closed.

Original post 

A water main break created a sinkhole Friday morning along Route 50 in the Seven Corners area of Fairfax County, authorities said.

The incident prompted police to close the right lane of Route 50 eastbound near the ramp that leads to Route 7 towards Baileys Crossroads.

The lane is expected to remain closed until 10 a.m. as crews are on the scene trying to fix the 12-inch water main.

As crews were digging to deal with one break, another leak came up about 20 feet away, causing a sinkhole, said Jeanne Bailey, a spokeswoman with Fairfax Water.

Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.



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