Backhoe Falls Into East Hartford Sinkhole

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014  |  Updated 11:48 AM EDT
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A water main break caused a sinkhole to form along Woodycrest Drive in East Hartford

Audrey Washington, Steve Pancione

A water main break caused a sinkhole to form along Woodycrest Drive in East Hartford

A water main broke in East Hartford, causing a sinkhole and a backhoe that was responding to the scene partially fell in.

A 12-inch main on Woodycrest Drive at Ferncrest Drive was shut down at 3 a.m. and work continues on that main.

Crews also had to shut down an 8-inch water main on Crescent Drive from Shadycrest to Woodycrest Drives as well as a 4-inch water main on Crescent Court to the dead end.

The 8-inch main was back in service as of 8:30 a.m.

Fortunately, no injuries are reported.

Officials said there was some difficulty shutting off the water, but crews are now in the process of working on repairing the water main.

The 12-inch water main was installed in 1950, according to the MDC.

A gas main close to the work was also shut down as a precaution.

This is the latest in a series of water main breaks across Connecticut as freezing cold temperatures linger. 

There have also been water main breaks in Hartford, Berlin, West Hartford,  Newington and South Windsor.

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