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Truck makes sinkhole, falls into it

A pest control truck struck a hydrant, water flowed, and a new sinkhole was created.

[Times photo: Dan McDuffie]
Rescue personnel watch as Ronald Wusyk's Orkin pest control truck drops into a sinkhole it created.

By BRADY DENNIS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 2, 2002

WESLEY CHAPEL -- The bugs must have rejoiced. Ronald Wusyk certainly didn't.

Wusyk, an Orkin pest control man, got that sinking feeling while on the job Monday. Literally.

Wusyk was driving south on Stagecoach Village Boulevard just after 1 p.m. when his 2000 Ford pickup truck, a company vehicle, caught fire, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports.

Troopers said Wusyk drove off the road and hit a fire hydrant. The impact broke the hydrant underground, opening the floodgates.

"It created a water main break," said Pasco County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Brian Rieder. "There was a lot of water out there."

That might be an understatement. A small sinkhole opened, and the back of Wusyk's truck began to vanish into the hole. Workers finally were able to tow the truck from the scene. Troopers estimated the damage at $5,000. Wusyk, 36, of Spring Hill could not be reached for comment Monday.

Rescue crews encountered no problems with hazardous chemicals from the truck. And Wusyk escaped without injury. Troopers said no charges will be filed in the wreck.

"It's something you don't see every day, that's for sure," Rieder said.

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