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Sinkhole completely swallows rear trailer as semi hauls double tankers

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A sinkhole opened up and completely swallowed the rear tanker trailer as a semi truck hauled doubles through a city in California on Monday. 

The sinkhole opened up in Madera, California on June 10th near Pecan Avenue and Granada Drive just before 11 a.m. 

According to ABC 30, the incident occurred near the location of a sewer line break that was identified last week. The truck driver sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident, and it took crews several hours to remove the sunken trailer from the hole. 

The line break and subsequent sinkhole has placed the city of Madera under a local state of emergency, and residents are asked to refrain from washing dishes, doing laundry, or taking long showers. The damaged line is reportedly 50 years old and is not up to modern standards. 

The city was scheduled to start an upgrade project on the line July 1st, but the collapses may delay the project. The city council is scheduled to hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11th.

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