A truck driver for Ashley Furniture got the surprise of his life early Thursday afternoon when he brought his truck to a halt at a stop sign at Dobson Street and Custer Avenue in south Evanston.

“I felt the truck shake and thought I had been hit from the rear,” said Jonathan Rivera, a 14-year veteran employee of the furniture retailer.

“Then the truck lurched and nearly threw me to the pavement,” he said.

A truck from North Shore Towing pulled the delivery truck out of the hole. (Photos by LuisMazariegos.)

The ground under the left rear wheel of the heavy vehicle, apparently softened by the area’s heavy rains, had given way, creating a crater about six feet in diameter and six feet deep.

City crews filled the hole with gravel.

A tow truck managed to pull the Ashley vehicle back out of the hole, leaving Rivera to wait most of the rest of the afternoon until the city could find a couple of metal plates to place over the hole so the truck could be on its way.

A metal plate is moved into place to cover the gravel-filled hole so the truck can finally be on its way.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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