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First the good news: no one was hurt or injured. Now the bad: the halfway submerged fire truck you see attempting to be rescued was responding to a 911 call about flooding when a sinkhole opened up and partially swallowed it. All four of the crew members managed to safely exit the vehicle, but can you imagine? Like the (very annoying) sinkhole around Coldwater Canyon three days earlier, this one was caused by a busted water main. In other words, Los Angeles is crumbling from the bottom up. No word on when either sinkhole will be fully patched, and 40 customers remain without water.

[Source: LA Times | Photo: Nick Ut/AP]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The taxpayers of Valley Village are about to get a very large tax increase to fix the hole and replace the fire equipment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Valley Village isn't it's own city. It's within Los Angeles city limits.

        The holes are normal part of LA. The pipes are from 1914.



        • 5 Years Ago
        I keep forgetting that L.A. is nearly the size of my state, Massachusetts, and that it has neighborhoods the size of our small cities. Our streets are so old we routinely find wooden water mains, trolly tracks, and pottery shards during street excavations.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I see a hole coming, I jerk back/up on the wheel a bit in hopes of getting the front tires off the ground to clear it!

        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought I was the only one that has the urge to do this. Too much dirt bike riding. It never works though, I think I need more power.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I call BS! This looks like a Photoshop!














        Nawwww jk. But I can haz floaties?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just need a rear-engine car and your seat should be leaning back a bit and it works every time!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Los Angeles has become a hell hole these days. A far cry from the glamorous image it had in the past. Some areas resemble the Third World.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, it has been a little hot in the hills, lately.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a fraking desert!
        Sam Kinison knew what he was talking about!
      • 5 Years Ago
      uh...talk about old recycled news. must be a slow morning
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sarchosuchus?
        We got to meet Paul Sereno when he unveiled Sarchosuchus at The Children's Museum in Indy a few years back. My son was big into dinos. Could pronounce them all at like age 3-4. Nothing like hearing him say heterodontasaurus at a young age! :)
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a prime example of the misdirected overinflated budget of California. If they stopped wasting money on these stupid social projects and took care of what really mattered to the state's health roads, electricity, water, business development, and such we would not be in such a bad mess. Businesses are leaving California in droves because their anti-business stance through policy and taxation makes it too costly to do business in a state that is falling apart.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Oh boy, here we go. News flash: Businesses have been leaving the whole US because they can pocket more money using cheap overseas labor. It's really that simple.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is no Dana, only Zuul!
      • 5 Years Ago
      oops wrong bookmark, I was going to autoblog but ended up on englishrussia... oh wait
      • 5 Years Ago
      so would they write off that firetruck, or fix it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Forget about sea-level rise, what about ground-level fall?! :-P
      • 5 Years Ago
      That pothole was saying, "Woah there. Where's the fire?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn, I live on Coldwater Canyon in Sherman Oaks and I didn't hear about this at all, although my being in Moscow right now might have something to do with it. I would think I would hear about it from my wife, not Autoblog!
      • 5 Years Ago
      $2 says this accident is related to Enterprise rental and GM trying to kill more people with side airbag deletes.
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