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: Michigan Moves To Fund Mental Health Like Physical Health
“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: Michigan Matters: Impacting Health & Well-Being Across Metro Region
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: Detroit Police Department To Host Drive-Up Candy Stations On Oct. 31 At All Precincts
It is not clear if the man will face charges.