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(Latisha Romine – Daily Press)

The driver of this Toyota pickup found herself in a sticky situation Monday after driving into a hole in the process of being filled on North 26th Street. The hole was the result of a water leak that forced an area of 26th Street near Wal-Mart to be removed. According to the Artesia Police Department report, the driver of the truck was southbound on 26th and planning to turn left into Wal-Mart when she drove into the hole, which was filled with not-yet-dry concrete. The driver told police she had no indication that portion of the road was restricted. A witness behind the pickup also told police he did not believe adequate safety measures were in place to alert motorists to the danger. APD investigation revealed only cones and one barrel, which had been placed nearly between the two southbound lanes and allowed an opening between the cones, were in place. Officers noted a barrier sitting on the east side of the road and stated “no one could answer” why it hadn’t been used. APD ultimately agreed inadequate safety precautions were taken.