Bernal Heights without water after main break

Residents in the Bernal Heights neighborhood in San Francisco are without water today after a cement truck tipped over on a construction site and damaged a water line, a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokeswoman said.

Tow trucks were trying to remove the cement truck, utilities commission spokeswoman Maureen Barry said.

Four blocks are out of water — Folsom Street between Powhattan and Courtland avenues and Powhattan Avenue between Gates and Folsom streets.

“They anticipate that service will be restored by mid-afternoon,” Barry said.

The water main break was reported at 10:16 a.m., a San Francisco Fire Department dispatcher said.

The cement truck was traveling down a hill and hit a metal plate that was covering an excavation site on the street, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

The plate slipped and the wheel of the truck went into the excavation area. The truck then hit a valve and broke the main, Talmadge said.

The driver was injured and transported a local hospital. The extent of the driver's injuries were not available.

It was classified as an industrial accident and California Division of Occupational Safety and Health will be investigating, spokeswoman Kate McGuire said.

— Bay City News

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