ST. LOUIS - A street partially collapsed Thursday morning while firefighters responded to a call for a person down in south St. Louis.
A St. Louis Fire Department truck fell through the pavement at 9th and Wyoming streets shortly before 5:30 a.m. Curt Skouby with the City Water Department says there was a water main break at the intersection in July 2011.
The fire department used airbags to raise the truck, slide a steel plate under the left tire and over the hole, and backed the truck out.
Todd Waelterman, director of the City of St. Louis Street Department, says his department received two complaints about the pavement at that intersection in the last year. Also during the last year, Waelterman says crews put asphalt in where there was a pothole.
Lance LeComb with the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District says crews did find damage to an MSD sewer line, which they suspect to be the primary cause of the collapse. They will now investigate what caused the sewer line damage.
The sewer line is 25 feet deep, and is currently under repair.
Capt. Dan Sutter says four firefighters were inside the truck when the pavement collapsed.
A 62-year-old man was found deceased at 10th Street and Withnell. Officers say the man likely died from natural causes. there were no signs of trauma, and a witness said the man had been in poor health.