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Monster pothole causes parade of flat tires during morning commute on I-95 in Waltham

"It was madness.”

A massive pothole on Interstate-95 in Waltham ensnarled a series of cars, leaving them with flat tires on Thursday morning.

The sizable missing chunk of asphalt sat in the second northbound travel lane just before Exit 41, Boston 25 News reports.

MassDOT crews filled in the pothole in the early afternoon, but only after the damage was done for some drivers.

James Zelandi, of Milford, was one of the drivers who had to pull over to put a spare tire on his vehicle because of the hole. He estimated he witnessed at least 10 drivers having to do the same, according to the news station.

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“I was helping other drivers jack up their cars and throw on spare tires,” Zelandi told Boston 25 News. “Other people were going the AAA route. Others were calling tow trucks. It was madness.”

The predicament left him “outraged,” he said.

“My tax dollars are supposed to go toward funding roads and repairs,” he said. “At this point, I’m like, where are my tax dollars going?”

In cases involving injuries caused by roadway defects, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will pay victims, according to Boston 25 News. However, the commonwealth does not reimburse drivers for repair costs for pothole-related damages.

“The recent temperature changes, combined with elevated moisture levels, have resulted in an increased number of potholes across the Commonwealth,” a MassDOT spokesperson told the news station. “MassDOT crews are actively patching potholes, with a majority of the work occurring mid-day and at night when traffic volumes are lower.”

Drivers stuck with flat tires from the pothole are also stuck with the cost of fixing them.

“Now I’ve got to take the time out of my day. I work five days a week, 10- to 12-hour shifts,” one of those drivers, David Daley, of West Roxbury, told Boston 25 News. “I’ve got to spend whatever money I make from my job just to fix something that shouldn’t have happened in the first place.”

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