Monday, May 13, 2013

Another reason to hate those metal plates on Atlanta's roads

Posted By on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

The Earth, frustrated with centuries of abuse, begins to swallow mankind
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You ever look at one of the countless metal plates covering Atlanta's potholes and utility work and say to yourself, I'd hate to fall into whatever hellhole is underneath that thing? Well, people sometimes actually fall into those hellholes. Or in this case, cars.

The above photo, which was sent to us by a beloved CL reader, was snapped on Saturday, May 4, on West Peachtree Street in Midtown. According to Atlanta Police, the driver was approaching 14th Street when he slowed down to cross several metal plates. As soon as the car's front tires were on the plate, the driver said, the hunk of metal shifted and his vehicle got lodged in the hole. Another driver reported that one of the plates punctured his car's front tire. Neither motorist was injured.

Workers from the city's Department of Watershed Management responded to the site and placed the plate over the hole. They determined that "CWS Plate #119" - it has a name! - "had shifted leaving the hole exposed and was the cause of both vehicles being damaged." A tow truck pulled the car, which suffered damage to the front bumper and side panel, out of the hole.

We're waiting for an update from the city's Department of Public Works. In the meantime, continue to curse those damned plates. Especially CWS Plate #119.

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