Steel plates covered a nearly 15-foot-deep hole Sunday that swallowed a van driving down an alley in Kansas City’s Northeast area a day earlier.
The incident happened about 11 a.m. Saturday in an alley near St. John and Bales avenues.
The man was visiting family in the area when he drove over plywood that had been covering the hole and fell in. The driver was uninjured, but he was trapped for a while, according to KCTV.
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Family members told Fox4 that there had been signs around the hole, but they had blown away in the weekend storms.
The work being done was a sewer project, said Brooke Givens, media coordinator for Kansas City Water.
It’s normal procedure for workers to use wood to cover holes in alleys when a crane can’t get access to put steel plates over a hole, she said. They also place barricades up around the hole. She didn’t know if the barricades blew down or someone moved them to get by.
Kansas City Water on Saturday covered the hole with steel plates and placed barricades in the alley indicating that the road was closed.
The incident will be reviewed Monday to keep a similar incident from happening again, Givens said.