Residents demanding action after mail truck falls into sinkhole in north Jackson

Published: Sep. 2, 2018 at 2:58 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2018 at 6:51 AM CDT
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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Some Jackson residents are demanding the city fix their street after a mail truck got stuck in a sinkhole.

Caprice Westfield was walking through her living room when she saw a postal worker turn onto her street, Myrtle Wood Drive. She then heard a loud bang.

"As she went to turn, and if you notice, she went right here," she said, as she recreated what happened. "And when she went right here and then it went like that."

The mail truck ended up in a sinkhole.

"This gave out," she continued. "Them bricks right there gave out and pushed her on in there."

She immediately ran to the driver.

"I said 'baby, please get out that truck.' I said because I don't want you to hurt yourself because that's started falling in everyday," she said. "I said I don't want you to hurt yourself because if you do any kind of movement in that truck, I believe that truck is going to turn over."

The woman got out safely and the mail truck was eventually pulled out and towed, but Westfield said it's another reminder of how dangerous the problem has become.

When Westfield first reported the sinkhole to the city, it was about one foot deep. Now, it's about six feet deep, making it extremely dangerous for kids and pets alike.

"Someone is going to get hurt if they don't come out and fix this hole," said Sherwyn Hyder, who lives next door.

Hyder said she has been calling the city for a year.

"I showed the supervisor the date when I first started calling and I got their names and the workers that came out," she said, pointing to a call log that she made.

Hyder said the sinkhole started because of a broken sewage line, which has caused stagnant water to sit in both her and her neighbors backyard.

She said when she called two weeks ago, they came out, but didn't fix the problem.

"They came down here and they checked it out," she added. "They went back got several bags of lime and  of disinfectant that's already used and put down."

Both women said they have spent their own money trying to make the situation better, but it's too much to do on their own.

3 On Your Side reached out to the city about the sinkhole and the women's claims. We are still waiting for their response.

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