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Dump Truck Malfunction Cracks Bronx Driveway

By Joe Parziale | October 12, 2012 9:16pm

SOUTH BRONX — A routine garbage drop-off went awry Friday when a dump truck malfunction dropped a load of concrete, cracking a driveway and rupturing a water line in a Bronx building.

A dump truck driver for Rizzo Environmental Services was discharging waste — a large amount of concrete — when a cable snapped and a Dumpster loaded with concrete plummeted to the ground in the driveway of a Bronx building at East 139th Street and Rider Avenue. The concrete load was so heavy that it couldn't be lifted off the ground.

"It happens all the time," a worker for Rizzo Environmental Services said. "Just last week a cable broke. The problem is this time is they can't bring it back up."

An official with the city Department of Environmental Protection said the Dumpster also ruptured a "fire line" that supplies water to the E. 139th St. building's emergency sprinkler system.

The official added that the department needed to wait until the fallen waste was cleared and conditions were safe before surveying the damage to the commercial space.