Water Main Break Nearly Swallows SUV

Jan 15, 2013 8:35pm

A driver in Smithtown, N.Y., had an early wake-up call this morning when a water main break caused his SUV to nearly be swallowed whole.

The unidentified male was driving through Smithtown, a city on Long Island of more than 100,000, around 3:30 this morning when a water main burst.

A photo captured by Stringer News and posted on Twitter shows the SUV nearly vertical yet the man was able to escape on his own unharmed, a spokeswoman for the Suffolk County Police Department told ABCNews.com.

The break was particularly powerful because it was horizontal, meaning the pipe split along its length, said Timothy Motz, director of communications for the Suffolk County Water Authority.

Motz said the break, which most likely happened because of cold temperatures, cut off water to around 26 homes.

The water had been restored by noon today, and at least a portion of the road is expected to be reopened by this afternoon, according to Motz.

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