Relative Says Hole That Swallowed Boy Has Been Troublesome For Years

A 4-year-old boy was hurt Tuesday when he fell into a sinkhole on Detroit's east side while playing.

Michelle Edwards said her grandson was riding a tricycle near Young Street and Mac Crary Avenue when the front wheel came off, sending him tumbling into the hole.

"I ran down here and he said, "Grandma, I can't move my legs.' I called 911 because I didn't want to move him," Edwards said.

Edwards said the boy was taken by ambulance to St. John Hospital, where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Edwards said the hole that caught her grandson has been there for years and has caused trouble for a lot of people. She said the hole is usually covered with boards but a driver ran into it two days ago and it was left exposed.

"It broke the axle of the truck and everything. It broke his wrist," Edwards said.

MichCon took responsibility for the hole and sent crews to fill it in Tuesday night.