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.
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.
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.