The fire truck after it fell into the hole. (Source: Mark Blakeman)
The fire engine being lifted out of the hole. (Source: Mark Blakeman)
A closer look at the hole. (Source: Mark Blakeman)
GREENSBURG, KY (WAVE) - A fire truck that was gobbled up by a parking lot is now back on solid ground.
When the pavement below collapsed Sunday afternoon, the fire truck from the Summersville Volunteer Fire Department fell into the hole. The parking lot was built over the basement of a demolished building.
Today, crews used special equipment and cranes to lift the truck out of the giant hole and assess the damage.
Greensburg mayor Lisle Cheatham said the fire truck was participating in a funeral. When the driver backed the truck into an area that at one time used to be an old parts store the area underneath the truck was where the basement once was. Once it collapsed, the truck, which was fully loaded with water, just couldn't take the weight.
The firefighter in the truck at the time was not injured.