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Road collapses in Albert Lea


ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- People living along East Fifth Street in Albert Lea got quite a surprise Tuesday morning when a section of the road caved in.

The portion of road collapsed under the back tires of a Waste Management garbage truck, nearly pulling the truck in.

The collapse caused a gas leak, and nearby residents were immediately evacuated.

City workers and a crew from Alliant Energy fixed the gas line.

No one was hurt, but it did cause a great shock to residents who witnessed the ordeal.

"For us we don't use waste management, but the neighbor does.  He was just slowing down just to pick up the next garbage can, and the back end of the truck dropped into the hole and he climbed up out of it.  The suspension broke from underneath the truck.  It was a huge explosion sound," says Tyler Turner who witnessed entire event.

Work crews fixed the gas leak Tuesday afternoon by replacing a broken orange pipe with a new yellow pipe. They also filled the hole in the road.

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