Water main break causes sinkhole in Newark

Newark officials say the break happened on Leslie Street in the city’s South Ward. (4/22/14)

NEWARK - Utility crews in Newark are working to repair a water main break that caused a sinkhole in the city’s South Ward.

Officials say the water main break happened on Leslie Street this morning.

“Just as they [utility crews] arrived and were emerging from their truck to investigate, a resident drove a van around the city truck and hit the sinkhole, becoming lodged in the hole,” the city said in a news release. The van was removed and driven away by the owner.

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The city says the street buckled from a broken 8-inch main under Leslie Street between Lyons and Chancellor avenues, affecting 20 to 30 homes.

The city says crews are working to address the leak.

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