SUV gets stuck in hole caused by water main break in Norfolk

The driver is facing charges, police say

Photo courtesy Norfolk police

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Crews had to remove an SUV from a massive hole in the ground caused by a water main break Thursday.

Harry Kenyon with Norfolk Public Utilities says the SUV driver went around barriers set up at the water main break — in the 2700 block of Corprew Avenue — and went into the hole.

No one was hurt. The driver has been charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and reckless driving, according to police.

Once the SUV was removed, crews were able to start repairs on the main break. Water service was out on that block of Corprew, but was restored later the same day.

Corprew Avenue between Majestic Avenue and Norchester Avenue remained closed until repairs were complete.

Kenyon told there is no official cause of the break, but said when there is a large temperature fluctuation, it stresses the iron used in the pipes. They believe the excessive heat caused the water main to fail.