Route 2 pothole damages several cars

Staff Writer
Published: 2/13/2018 9:54:18 AM
Modified: 2/13/2018 9:54:24 AM

PHILLIPSTON — Any hearty New Englander knows that there are actually five seasons. Along with the usual, there is a nebulous time wedged between the end of winter and the beginning of spring known as “pothole season.”

Motorists must bob and weave their way down a roadway to avoid the places where broken pavement has been removed by snowplows or other traffic. Occasionally, though, one such pothole can’t be evaded in time and it can lead to anything from a tire blowout to a busted strut or ball joint.

One such nefarious pothole claimed six cars Sunday afternoon when it appeared suddenly on Route 2 eastbound between exits 19 and 20 in Phillipston.

Word of this wily well in the right of way quickly spread like an expanding frost heave on social media, with some claiming they had heard as many as 37 vehicles were damaged because of it. State police who responded to the scene, however, confirmed there were six cars affected.

According to Lieutenant Jery Molet of the Athol Barracks of the Massachusetts State Police, a call was received at 2:10 p.m. Sunday for a report of six cars with flat tires — all pulled to the breakdown lane on Route 2. Most of the cars involved were able to swap out a spare with the assistance of troopers on scene. However, some had to be towed, as they had suffered more than one blowout.

MassDOT was notified of the pothole and dispatched a team to fill it in.

AAA advises that to minimize the amount of damage a pothole can cause your vehicle, make sure tires are properly inflated and have enough tread. Under-inflated tires can allow damage to occur to the suspension. Also, make sure to inspect your vehicle’s struts, shock absorbers and other parts of the suspension to make sure everything is in working order, and to have the parts inspected by a certified mechanic, if you suspect anything might be wrong. When driving, make sure to stay alert, slow down on treacherous roads and avoid puddles that could be masking deep potholes.

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