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Public works truck gets stuck in Chinatown sinkhole

A Boston public works truck became lodged in a sinkhole this morning after a water main broke in Chinatown, flooding the area, officials said.

A break in the 12-inch pipe was reported at 4:50 a.m. at Washington and Kneeland streets. The back of a city sanding truck fell into the sinkhole — which measured about 10 feet by 10 feet — created by the excess water, officials said. No injuries were reported.

The vehicle was removed by a crane at 8:45 a.m., and traffic was redirected until the road has been repaired.

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“We’re excavating right now, and we hope to have it repaired in time for the evening commute,” said Sean Canty, spokesman for the Boston Water and Sewer Department.

Workers are currently digging around the sinkhole to remove the damaged pipe and will fill it with gravel and dirt. “We’ll cover it with a waterproof patch for today so it will hold up for the weather,” Canty said.

The cause of the main break is under investigation, and water is expected to be restored to the affected buildings, all of which were commercial, by the end of the day, he said.

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