A Truax Corporation truck was in the parking lot of Horizons on the Bay restaurant on Town Neck Road in Sandwich for the cleaning of a catch basin at 9:03 AM on August 12, when a sink hole opened up underneath it, trapping the truck’s back wheels.
Sandwich police and fire department personnel, Sandwich town engineers, and three very large tow trucks were called to the scene. Beach goers and neighbors watched and took photographs while waiting for all three tow trucks to arrive.
A first attempt to pull the truck’s back wheels out of the hole snapped one of the cables. A second attempt, using chains, succeeded in freeing the truck.
“I guess pumping wasn’t in today’s plan,” Justin A. Manzone, driver of the Truax truck, said as he watched tow truck workers trying to free the vehicle. “Luckily, no one was hurt,” he said.
“It’s a little bit overwhelming,” Michelle Bean, floor manager of Horizons, said as she offered ice water to officials and workers in the hot parking lot. “At first we were concerned that the sink hole was connected to the restaurant, but it’s not. You hear about these things happening in other places, but you don’t expect it to happen here,” she said.
Traffic along Town Neck Road was diverted briefly. There were no injuries, and the truck was freed by 12:30 PM.