Car falls into possible sinkhole in Brookline neighborhood

Car falls into possible sinkhole in Brookline neighborhood

A car went into a hole where a water company was digging in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood on Monday afternoon. A viewer shared photos that show the car partially in the hole. This happened around 3 p.m. on Merrick Street, which is near Freedom Street. Pennsylvania American Water confirmed Monday evening that the, now filled, hole was not a sinkhole, but a hole crews dug to repair a water main.Corbin Doane lives in Brookline and noticed the leak. He said he immediately reported it to the city.”We assumed it was a water main break, we could see it coming up through the roadway causing ice it was really slushy,” Doane said. Penn American Water said a driver entered the marked work zone where crews were repairing a water main and drove into the hole.”Unfortunately, it’s not surprising. I know that on this street specifically, cars do travel fast,” Doane said. Doane said as an avid runner he notices road concerns and reports them urgently.“Someone else might not notice it, just like last night, I don’t know if at 2:15 in the morning, if I was the first person to see that or not, but I would hate for somebody to come through there and have an accident, that’s even more serious if something goes on reported,” Doane said.Officials from Penn American Water said none of its employees were injured and the company is reviewing the incident. Doane encourages people to report concerns they see to 311 or online.Penn American Water has also reminded drivers traveling through construction zones to obey work zone speed limits and focus on the road. Photos courtesy of Dennis McFeely.

A car went into a hole where a water company was digging in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood on Monday afternoon.

A viewer shared photos that show the car partially in the hole.

This happened around 3 p.m. on Merrick Street, which is near Freedom Street.

Pennsylvania American Water confirmed Monday evening that the, now filled, hole was not a sinkhole, but a hole crews dug to repair a water main.

Corbin Doane lives in Brookline and noticed the leak. He said he immediately reported it to the city.

“We assumed it was a water main break, we could see it coming up through the roadway causing ice it was really slushy,” Doane said.

Penn American Water said a driver entered the marked work zone where crews were repairing a water main and drove into the hole.

“Unfortunately, it’s not surprising. I know that on this street specifically, cars do travel fast,” Doane said.

Doane said as an avid runner he notices road concerns and reports them urgently.

“Someone else might not notice it, just like last night, I don’t know if at 2:15 in the morning, if I was the first person to see that or not, but I would hate for somebody to come through there and have an accident, that’s even more serious if something goes on reported,” Doane said.

Officials from Penn American Water said none of its employees were injured and the company is reviewing the incident.

Doane encourages people to report concerns they see to 311 or online.

Penn American Water has also reminded drivers traveling through construction zones to obey work zone speed limits and focus on the road.

Photos courtesy of Dennis McFeely.

Car goes into hole

Dennis McFeely

Car goes into hole