6 Million Gallons of Water Lost in Hyattsville Main Break

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    News4's Pat Collins has a look at what road crews are up against after a water main break sent six million gallons of water rushing onto Rhode Island Avenue.

    Drivers who travel through Hyattsville, Maryland, will have to avoid the area of Rhode Island Avenue and Crittenden Street for days after a broken water main spilled an estimated 6 million gallons of water onto the roadway. 

    Crews worked for several hours Thursday afternoon to contain the break at Rhode Island Avenue and Crittenden Street. According to WSSC officials on Twitter, the break was contained around 7 p.m.

    6 Million Gallons of Water Lost in Hyattsville Break

    [DC] 6 Million Gallons of Water Lost in Hyattsville Break
    News4's Shomari Stone reports live from Hyattsville, where a large water main break will continue to affect traffic Friday morning.

    The water is gone, but a huge hole remains.

    Crews worked through the night to make repairs, but only a southbound lane was open for the Friday morning rush hour, according to WSSC. Northbound lanes remained closed. 

    Crews on Scene of Water Main Break in Hyattsville

    [DC] Crews on Scene of Water Main Break in Hyattsville
    A large water main break in the city of Hyattsville shut down traffic along Rhode Island Avenue and Crittenden Street Thursday afternoon just before rush hour started. News4's Pat Collins reports.

    News4's Pat Collins reported the water main -- which looked like a "gigantic fountain" -- caused the road to buckle. 

    In January, a pedestrian was struck and killed on the same stretch of Rhode Island Avenue by a woman driving an SUV who hit a patch of ice -- police and WSSC officials had said they were looking into whether that water came from a broken water main. 

    Rhode Island Avenue is a major corridor that leads to Beltsville and Baltimore.