VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP (WWJ) — Hundreds of people are without water in Van Buren Township after a driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a fire hydrant Monday afternoon.
Lt. Mark Buckberry said that the man was able to get out of his car, but the accident dislodged the fire hydrant and damaged a water main on Borgman Street at the North I-94 service drive, creating a giant sinkhole.READ MORE: Belle Isle Park Reopens Giant Slide Friday
“He was able to just get out, because at the time all he had done was run over the fire hydrant,” Buckberry said. “It took a little bit for that earth to wash away.”READ MORE: Woodward Dream Cruise Kicks Off This Weekend: What To Know
The ensuing flood resulted in a sinkhole that submerged the man’s car.
“Our DPW department is limited on the personnel and the equipment that they have,” Buckberry said. “I know that they have to call in a private contractor so they’re shooting to hopefully have the water restored by sometime tonight (Monday).”MORE NEWS: Federal Judge Retains Jurisdiction In Lawsuit Over Enbridge Pipeline
It is not clear if the man will face charges.