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Trash truck falls in sinkhole in Somerville

Posted by Jarret Bencks  June 28, 2013 01:12 PM

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Firefighters in Somerville work to stabilize a trash truck that fell in a sinkhole near Union Square.

The rear wheels of a trash collection truck fell into a caving sinkhole in Union Square Friday, and a crane had to be called in to pull it out, according to officials.

Firefighters were on scene near the intersection of Newton and Everett streets as of 1 p.m., preparing to pull the vehicle out, Fire Lieutenant Derek Nolan said. 

"They're stabilizing the vehicle, and they're going to have to move it out of there, somehow," Nolan said.

They eventually did move it out of the hole using a crane, fire officials said. 

There were no reported injuries, but utilities to the area had to be shut off Friday afternoon so public works crews could reach a gas line under the truck.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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