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Fire Truck Stuck in Apparent Sinkhole

17th Street North closed between North Harrison and North Huntington.

An Arlington fire truck is stuck in an apparent sinkhole on 17th Street North. Patch file photo
An Arlington fire truck is stuck in an apparent sinkhole on 17th Street North. Patch file photo

The front end of an Arlington fire truck is stuck in a sinkhole believed to be caused by a water main break not far from Virginia Hospital Center.

Engine Company 108 was dispatched to 17th Street North and North Harrison shortly before 7 a.m.

When the truck was driving along 17th Street, the passenger side front wheel went through the roadway, Deputy Fire Marshal Brian McGraw told Patch.

"The water main under the street is presumably broken and undermined the roadway — basically, it washed out the dirt underneath the pavement," McGraw said.

"The weight of the fire engine was enough to push it through."

No firefighters were injured.

17th Street North remains closed between North Harrison and North Huntington.

Crews are working to remove the truck, at which point they can begin working on the water main break, McGraw said.

He was not able to estimate how long the road would be closed.

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