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Massachusetts sinkhole partially swallows backhoe

By Daniel Uria
Massachusetts sinkhole partially swallows backhoe
A backhoe was partially consumed by a 10-foot-wide sinkhole caused by a water main break in Massachusetts on Thursday morning. Police shut down roads as crews attempted to remove the vehicle. Photo courtesy of Bedford Police/Twitter

BEDFORD, Mass., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A backhoe was partially swallowed by a sinkhole in Massachusetts while responding to a report of a water main break on Thursday.

Bedford police shut down roads near Wiggins Avenue after a water main break caused a 10-foot-wide sinkhole on nearby Summer Street that partially consumed a backhoe heading toward the scene.

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No one was injured during the incident after the water main break washed away much of the ground beneath the pavement.

"I guess it gave way and engulfed one of those backhoes," Bedford police Sgt. Ron Undzis told the Boston Globe.

Undzis added that water service in the area was not disrupted by the incident.

Bedford police confirmed via Twitter that the road would remain closed through the evening commute.

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