Massive sinkhole swallows backhoe in downtown Montreal
A section of a downtown commercial street swallowed a backhoe on Monday as city crews were getting ready to repair a leaky water main.
Emilie Miskdjian, a spokeswoman for the Ville-Marie borough, said the city was alerted to the possible water leak on the weekend.
“We think that the water leak was because of the sewer pipe,” she told reporters. “It’s a broken sewer pipe. That’s what we think but we have to do inspections to see what is really the cause.”
The driver was uninjured but taken to hospital as a precaution.
Editors note: The easiest way to fix sinkhole problems is to avoid using pipe materials that corrode, such as old fashioned ductile iron and concrete. Montreal remains one of the few large Canadian cities that refuses to take advantage of the benefits of PVC pipe and fittings.