Road collapses under weight of fire truck in downtown Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Charleston Fire Department truck had to be pulled out of a hole in the road it created when it rolled over a weak spot in the road.

According to fire officials, the truck was stopped at the intersection of Radcliffe and Smith streets when the road gave way and created a hole. One of the truck's tires got stuck in the hole.

Charleston Water officials said a water main under the road broke around 10:30 p.m., but probably started as a leak in a six-inch main under Radcliffe Street.

The break created a weak spot in the pavement which collapsed when the fire truck drove over it.

Officials say crews worked through the night to repair the main, but people in the area were without water for about 12 hours. Water was restored to everyone by 10:30 a.m.

Charleston Water officials said crews are still working to repair the man, though, because there are other utility cables buried in the same area making it more difficult to repair.

The fire truck was towed out of the hole. There was minor damage to the truck, fire officials said, but the truck is still in service.