Online Extra: Water main break creates sinkhole in Schenectady; Driver rescued (3 Photos)

The scene Wednesday morning
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The scene Wednesday morning

SCHENECTADY – A water main break opened up a sinkhole near Ellis Hospital early Wednesday morning, leading to a car getting stuck and its driver rescued.

The incident happened just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and crews eventually discovered the hole behind Ellis Medicine’s McClellan Street campus, officials said.

Schenectady firefighters responded and rescued the driver. No injuries were reported.

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The initial call came in for water coming into one of the basements on Central Parkway, Assistant Fire Chief Don Mareno said.

Crews responded, confirmed the water, then worked to determine its source, Mareno said.

They soon discovered the hole in a Ellis McClellan Street parking lot at the rear of the property, as well as the car partially caught in it, Mareno said. Crews then rescued the driver.

The driver told police he initially only saw it bubbling out as he approached, but then the pavement collapsed under him, police spokesman Sgt. Pat Irwin said.

Four basements on neighboring Central Parkway were flooded as a result of the break.

The break happened entirely on Ellis property and did not impact city water supplies in the area, Mareno said. One of the buildings on the campus did not have water as a result.

 

Photos by our Peter R. Barber

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1 Comments
ChuckD February 16, 2022
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It would be useful to know how this is affecting services at the hospital and Sunnyview.