A sinkhole in Baton Rouge nearly swallowed a FedEx truck Tuesday around 11 a.m., causing congestion along Bluebonnet Boulevard as the vehicle was hauled from the ditch.
No one was injured in the incident, said East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks.
The broken pavement — which caved in under the truck’s weight in the driveway of Nature’s Way Marine, a business at 9332 Bluebonnet Blvd. — was caused by an old, leaking sewer line some 10 feet below ground, said contractor Paul Johnson, of Allen & Leblanc LLC, who was on-site addressing the problem.
Sinkholes tied to aging sewer systems are very common, Johnson said. Leaks draw dirt downward, creating a void underneath the pavement, he said.
Rushing sewer water was visible in the hole Tuesday as the FedEx truck sat nearby after being towed out of the crater.