Vehicles strike manhole in Morrisburg: witness

A manhole cover lies on Fifth Street in Morrisburg on Mar. 4, 2015. A witness says at least two cars hit the obstruction. Click to enlarge. (Photo/Submitted)

MORRISBURG – A startling experience for at least a couple of drivers in Morrisburg Wednesday after striking an open manhole where the cover was lying in the street.

A witness tells Cornwall Newswatch it happened on Fifth Street near the laundromat around 10:30 a.m. this morning.

It’s not clear how the manhole cover ended up on the road – whether it popped out when hit by a vehicle or if it was deliberately removed.

A manhole cover lies on Fifth Street in Morrisburg on Mar. 4, 2015. A witness says at least two cars hit the obstruction. (Photo/Submitted)
A manhole cover lies on Fifth Street in Morrisburg on Mar. 4, 2015. A witness says at least two cars hit the obstruction. (Photo/Submitted)

At least one motorist plans to fight the township for the cost of repairs to their vehicle.

Pictures from the scene of a 2015 Nissan Rogue show a deep gash in the underside of the kickplate of the vehicle.

SD&G O.P.P. Const. Joel Doiron says one of their officers did attend the scene to investigate as the incident is classified as a motor vehicle collision causing damage.

Damage to a 2015 Nissan Rogue SUV on Mar. 4, 2015 after hitting a manhole cover, according to a witness. At least one driver plans to fight the township for the damage. (Photo/Submitted)
Damage to a 2015 Nissan Rogue SUV on Mar. 4, 2015 after hitting a manhole cover, according to a witness. At least one driver plans to fight the township for the damage. (Photo/Submitted)

A public works crew came out later to put the cover back in place and added cold asphalt patch around the hole.

A spokesperson from South Dundas public works was not immediately available for comment.

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