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Utility trucks responding to outage get stuck in sinkhole

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The Blue Ridge Electric bucket truck stuck in the sinkhole. (July 9, 2013/FOX Carolina iWitness Mike F.) The Blue Ridge Electric bucket truck stuck in the sinkhole. (July 9, 2013/FOX Carolina iWitness Mike F.)
The other damaged Blue Ridge Electric truck. (July 9, 2013/FOX Carolina iWitness Mike F.) The other damaged Blue Ridge Electric truck. (July 9, 2013/FOX Carolina iWitness Mike F.)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Two Blue Ridge Electric trucks responding to power outages in Anderson County on Tuesday were delayed when they encountered a sinkhole along the way.

Sam McMillian, operations manager for Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, said the trucks were driving along Hattons Ford Road near Old Dobbins Bridge Road about 3:30 a.m. when they ran into the sinkhole.

The first truck went through the washed out road, tearing up the front end of the truck, McMillian said. He said the second truck thought the truck had just stopped, and as he drove along the road gave out from underneath it.

Both drivers were OK and the bucket truck was drivable, McMillian said.

Anderson County Engineers said Hattons Ford Road lost a 30" and 72" corrugated metal culvert, forcing the road to close. A detour is in place onto Old Dobbins Bridge Road and Cromer Road.

Other sinkholes and flooded roadways were reported in the Upstate on Tuesday after days of rain, including a reportedly car-sized sinkhole along Harness Trail and Highway 14 in Greenville County and another damaged culvert along Gerrard Road in Anderson County.

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