VIDEO: Car crashes into sinkhole after water main bursts
EMERGENCY crews had to tow a vehicle out of a sinkhole in Yeppoon in the early hours of yesterday morning, after a trunk water main burst and washed a section of road away at the intersection of Ben St and Adelaide Park Rd.
Emergency crews were called to the intersection at about 5am after the car became stuck in the hole, but the driver was reportedly not injured.
A Livingstone Shire Council spokesman said the water main burst at about 3am and caused a significant leak, which in turn washed away the surrounding soil and bitumen which formed a large pot hole in the road.
"The pot hole will be filled once the water main is repaired," the spokesman said.
"The section of road has been closed to traffic while the repairs are being done."
While causing traffic drama, the burst main also caused headaches for nearby residents and businesses who woke up to water outages and reduced water pressure.
"Some properties in the Yeppoon CBD lost supply for a short period this morning," the LSC spokesman said.
"Once the break was isolated at approximately 8am yesterday morning, it was possible to bypass the supply of water around it.
"Normal water supply was resumed to the affected areas at this time."
Yeppoon local Nigel Lynch, who has lived just down from the intersection for the past six years, witnessed the incident unfold.
"I saw the car being removed from the pot hole this morning," Mr Lynch said.
The manager of Yeppoon Health and Fitness said the incident was an unexpected surprise for the gym's first day open after the festive season.
"One of our staff members saw the car in the sinkhole this morning with its hazard lights on," he said.
"By the time I arrived at work, it had been removed.
"We lost water but it was back on within two hours."
Yeppoon water outage
3am: Trunk water main bursts at Ben St and Adelaide Park Rd
5am: Car crashes into sinkhole at intersection
8am: Water restored to most customers