Crews remove garbage truck from sinkhole in Flatbush

Crews lifted a garbage truck out of a sinkhole that formed in the parking lot of a Flatbush strip mall on Tuesday.



Police say the incident happened at around 3:30 a.m. at 1623 Flatbush Ave. when the truck was backing in to collect garbage.



As the truck tried to leave, it got stuck in the sinkhole. The driver was able to escape.



The NYC Department of Buildings, professional engineers, master riggers and a large crane were on scene to help get the truck out of the sinkhole. It was lifted into the air and then placed on the street.



"The structure itself is damaged there's no way to put a vehicle close to it to drive it away," said Dave Dewitt, of New York Crane. "You have to get on solid ground which is in the street itself, set up a crane, rig the load and lift it then set it back on the street."



There is no word on what caused the sinkhole.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."