The Littlest Soapbox

July 25, 2010

This Would Be Rather Unsettling

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 9:22 PM

Giant sinkhole beneath Milwaukee street swallows Escalade.

Mark Pawlik, 46, was walking across the North Ave. bridge and talking to his friend on the phone when he noticed a traffic light had sunk into the ground.

Just the red, yellow and green lights were above street level. He told his friend he’d call him back. It was still pouring rain, but he wanted to stop and take a picture.

A moment later a man driving a black Escalade pulled up to the intersection at North and Oakland avenues, going east on North Ave.

“The Escalade just went wham!” Pawlik said. “Everything went down. The power line went like ‘pow’ and then I think it was sewer water was just pouring into the hole.”

Pawlik leaned over the edge of the sinkhole, which was then about 15 feet by 15 feet.

“I said, ‘Hey, man, are you OK, are you OK?’ ”

Pawlik said the man kept saying, “What happened? What just happened?”

As if we don’t have enough things to worry about.

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