Massive sinkhole almost swallows mini-van on Mulberry Street in Yonkers

A water main break created a sinkhole that nearly entrapped a brand new mini-van. (2/19/14)

YONKERS - A massive crater on a Yonkers street almost swallowed a brand new mini-van overnight.

Rafael Rodriguez tells News 12 he parks in front of his home on Mulberry Street all the time. But, Wednesday morning his van was teetering in the air on an angle over a massive hole. He learned later that a water main ruptured underneath the asphalt, which was already weak from snow and ice. "This was no ordinary pothole, it was a water main break that was happening underneath the surface causing the road to just open up…now, I have my car towed with damage, transmission, body damage and everything," says Rodriguez.

DPW crews on the scene say the hole is 5-feet deep, and the pipe burst was most likely caused by the frigid weather.

Water to nearby residents was turned off as crews repaired the break and fixed the hole.

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