By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) - A water main break in Central Falls caused a large sinkhole to open up and swallow part of a pickup truck.

James Decelles, a chief engineer at Pawtucket Water supply, tells the Providence Journal that crews turned off water at about 20 homes Tuesday afternoon before a tow truck arrived.

Fire officials pulled the driver out of the car and away from the hole. They say the driver could have died if the truck had gone completely under.

Officials say they hope to begin patching the hole on Wednesday and restore water to all homes.

It’s not clear if the weather on Tuesday caused the sinkhole to open up. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook that called for heavy rainfall and possible wind gusts in Rhode Island.

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