Bump in the road

Andrew Wagstaff
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Vehicle gets stuck in crater

Bump in the road

Port Greville -

There are potholes, and then there is this.

An elderly couple were traveling down the Brook and Branch Road in Port Greville last Saturday when their car fell into a hole in the road, leaving them immobilized until determined passersby helped get them moving again.
Nearby resident Glenn Wheaton was leaving to drive to Parrsboro when he noticed the couple walking down the road, abandoning the vehicle.
He said he had noticed a small hole there the day before, and guessed the heavy rain that night had eroded the ground underneath the asphalt enough to cause the road to give way under the weight of the car. A culvert underneath was in pieces, he said.
"I think she drove across it, and it all caved in underneath," he said. "Once the car hit, it went right out of sight."
Wheaton and friend Darren Dowe stopped to assist the couple, and with scrap wood and a jack from Sid Boyde, another local resident, were able to lift the car up enough to get it out of the hole.
The rescue operation took about 45 minutes, according to Wheaton.
"The hole was deep enough that you were up to your waist in it," he said. "We just put a bunch of blocks under it, jacked it up, stuck more blocks under, and kept doing that."
He reported that the Transportation and Pubic Works Crew were on site and filled the hole with rock on Monday night.

Organizations: Brook and Branch

Geographic location: Port Greville, Parrsboro

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