Huge pothole damages several cars in Smithfield

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Several cars were damaged by what drivers called a “huge” pothole on Route 5 in Smithfield Sunday night.

After driving through the water-filled pothole near the Johnston line, two of Vincent Tallo’s hubcaps were left bent and out of shape.

At first, he thought had run over something.

“But it was a pothole and then I messed up both my tires over here, the front and the back,” Tallo said.

He says he lives about two minutes away from the pothole and was just on the way home from the store when he drove through it.

“All I heard was a big bang, I thought the wheel fell off, to be honest with you,” Tallo said.

Tallo wasn’t the only having problems with the pothole Sunday night. A line of cars also pulled over after their cars were damaged.

“There was about five or six cars, two left in flatbeds and then there’s still about three left,” Tallo said.

State police who were at the scene gave Tallo a pothole incident form. According to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s website, claims with that form and other necessary documents need to be submitted within 60 days of the incident.

RIDOT put cones up by the pothole later Sunday night and was trying to get water out of it. Eyewitness News saw several hubcaps on the ground surrounding the pothole.

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