Car in hole

Waco fire and police crews investigate a single-vehicle crash in a construction zone near 25th Street and Edna Avenue on Wednesday morning. Police reported that no one was injured in the crash.

Waco Police Department photo

A driver escaped serious injury after passing a construction-zone flagger and crashing into a large hole in the roadway near 25th Street and Edna Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

A construction crew was working in the area and directing traffic around the large hole in the road, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said. Shortly after 1:30 p.m., a motorist drove past cones and the flagger, and crashed into the hole, severely damaging the car, Swanton said.

The driver was not injured, he said. Inattention by the driver may have played a part in the crash, Swanton said.

City water utilities spokesman Jonathan Echols said the construction crew, Quality Contractors, was hired by the city to put in a manhole near the intersection. He said crews were were attempting to connect the manhole with a sewer line when the motorist drove into the work zone.

No workers were injured, Echols said. The construction should be complete in the next few days.

It was not immediately clear whether the driver was issued any citations.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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