"Firefighters driving on Campbell Avenue felt a bump in the road Saturday that a City Council member said grew into the sinkhole that forced the city to close part of the busy traffic artery on Sunday.
Council member John Donohue said the firefighters put up cones Saturday to warn motorists about the irregularity on the road.
When Mayor Patrick Madden visited Saturday night, he said he saw an eight-inch depression in the road. Sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, the depression fell through, leading to the sinkhole
"Imagine a Twinkie 8 feet deep, 20 feet long and 15 feet wide," said Madden. - Times Union
Once the hole is cleared out, engineers will perform a colonoscopy to determine the cause of the hole. The hole will need to fast for twenty-four hours before the procedure.
According to The Record:
"Initial reports of the sinkhole were called in to city police Saturday night, with the Department of Public Utilities barricading the hole in response. Councilman John Donohue, R-District 6, who lives near the sinkhole, said one of those initial reports came from city firefighters after they drove one of their firetrucks over the area that later collapsed and felt as if they had driven over a large bump.
“If they hadn’t put those cones down, the next car that went over it probably would have gone right through,” Donohue said. "'Cuz, it's a hole. Which is like a absence of matter. So you can go right through. Maybe to China even."
Donohue went on to theorize that an asteroid worm, "like in Empire Strikes Back" might use the hole to attack Troy.
Mayor Madden announced that he did not seek to cast blame for the hole. "We must move past casting blame," said the Mayor, "and work towards filling the hole."
Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello announced that the Troy City Council would form a Special Hole Sub-Committee to study the hole so the people of Troy had answers and would never be subjected to holes. Mantello theorized that the hole may lead to another dimension and volunteered Councilman Mark McGrath (D-2) to lead an expedition into the hole, calling him uniquely qualified to explore holes.
Councilman Donohue (D-6) credits the cones with potentially saving lives and protecting property. He will call for similar cones to be placed throughout the city.