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Garbage truck gets stuck on 100 block of Manton Street

It looks like one garbage truck got into a little trouble in Pennsport last week.


Photo by Reddit user Opbombshellivy.

This Streets Department vehicle decided it was a good idea to move barriers and drive through an area where work was being done to fix a sinkhole on the 100 block of Manton Street. Good idea, right?


Photo by Reddit user Opbombshellivy.

As you can see, that decision was a pretty bad one for this truck. These photos were shared by Reddit user Opbombshellivy.

You can check out the rest of the photos here.

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5 Responses to Garbage truck gets stuck on 100 block of Manton Street

  1. lou_100X October 28, 2015 at 8:22 am #

    The water/sewer infrastructure is completely shot, and these half-a$$ repairs are not going to fix it. Just look at the mess on S. 10th Street. Replacing sewer lines in 6 foot segments? That project will run well into next year and the curb traps will start collapsing shortly there after. Problem starts all over again.

    • Nik October 28, 2015 at 9:53 am #

      Agreed. S 10th is a mess. Where I live (McClellan St) we have had over a dozen laterals go in the last year and a half. Yet PWD maintains nothing is wrong with the sewer even tho the crews they send down there will openly tell the residents the pipe is completely obstructed.

  2. lou_100X October 28, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    Currently there are TWO houses on S. 10th where you can visibly see the laterals are broken and not connected to the “new” sewer. You can hear the water running out of the pipe from the houses and into the dirt. Where it is already washing away the dirt under the “new” sewer”. SMH…. Wait for todays rain.

  3. Mary O. Reinhart October 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

    I live on Manton. Here is my 10/27 email to Councilman Squilla’s office. His office got right back to me. help is on the way.



    On 10/1 plumbers came to fix the water connection between 116 Manton and the underground water lines.

    The first two photos above show that work. Note that the worker down in the hole is standing on the main water lines and beneath those unsupported lines is another 4-5 feet of void,

    The cavern stretches across the width of the street and appears to continue east and west as far as we spectators could see.

    As the men worked and finally fixed the problem connection, we could see water at the very bottom of the pit rushing/flowing to the west!

    The plumbers finished in the late afternoon, replaced the dirt they had removed at the southern side of the street and put up barricades.

    Cars continued to swerve around the work that evening and the plumbers returned the next day to dump more dirt over the opening. That was the last we saw of anyone in a professional capacity attempt to deal w/ the situation.

    On Friday 10/23 around 10 AM the recycling truck crew removed the barricades and drove their truck over the opening. The right rear tire sunk to its axle –luckily not rolling over onto the houses at 116 & 118 Manton—and the truck had to be hauled out by the biggest tow truck I have ever seen! Some cool pictures, huh!?? (I took one from the front of Frank and Donnie’s house!)

    Around 5 PM that evening the trash truck arrived and sure enough that crew removed the barricades and drove toward the chasm! Luckily I was out on the street and rushed to stop them. They had NOT been informed about the recycling truck incident!

    The pavement there is cracking and collapsing. The the cracks are headed to the sidewalks and the newly repaired plumbing connection, the hole is getting deeper and deeper.

    We are concerned, of course, for the safety of pedestrians, houses now on the brink and the integrity of the main water lines. I called the streets dept and after waiting on the line for an hour to speak to someone, I opted to leave a voice-mail message last Friday. Others have made calls too.

    Can you help us?

    Mary O. Reinhart
    Always consider the environment before you print out this message.

  4. lou_100X October 29, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    @Mary, unfortunately the “help on the way” will probably be the incompetent sub-contractors that PWD farms out work that is too complex for them to complete.

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