Pepco responds after construction panel sinks with car on it

A Pepco spokesman says a construction panel that slipped out of place as a car passed over it on June 24, 2016 has since been replaced. Here's a look at the roadway on June 27, 2016. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A Pepco spokesman says a construction panel that slipped out of place as a car passed over it on June 24, 2016 has since been replaced. Here’s a look at the roadway on June 27, 2016. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A Pepco spokesman says a construction panel that slipped out of place as a car passed over it on June 24, 2016 has since been replaced. Here's a look at the roadway on June 27, 2016. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A Pepco spokesman says a construction panel that slipped out of place as a car passed over it on June 24, 2016 has since been replaced. Here’s a look at the roadway on June 27, 2016. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The car driven by Scott Thomas, of D.C., started to sink as it drove over a metal panel in Tenleytown on Friday, June 24, 2016. (Mike Murillo/WTOP)
The car driven by Scott Thomas, of D.C., started to sink as it drove over a metal panel in Tenleytown on Friday, June 24, 2016. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (Mike Murillo/WTOP)
On Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown, a car started to sink as it drove over a metal panel on Friday, June 24, 2016. (Mike Murillo/WTOP)
On Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown, a car started to sink as it drove over a metal panel on Friday, June 24, 2016. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (Mike Murillo/WTOP)
Scott Thomas and Britnni Guevarna were going to get milkshakes when the car they were in started to sink as it drove over a metal panel in Tenleytown. (Mike Murillo/WTOP)
Scott Thomas and Britnni Guevarna were going to get milkshakes when the car they were in started to sink as it drove over a metal panel in Tenleytown. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (Mike Murillo/WTOP)
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A Pepco spokesman says a construction panel that slipped out of place as a car passed over it on June 24, 2016 has since been replaced. Here's a look at the roadway on June 27, 2016. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A Pepco spokesman says a construction panel that slipped out of place as a car passed over it on June 24, 2016 has since been replaced. Here's a look at the roadway on June 27, 2016. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The car driven by Scott Thomas, of D.C., started to sink as it drove over a metal panel in Tenleytown on Friday, June 24, 2016. (Mike Murillo/WTOP)
On Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown, a car started to sink as it drove over a metal panel on Friday, June 24, 2016. (Mike Murillo/WTOP)
Scott Thomas and Britnni Guevarna were going to get milkshakes when the car they were in started to sink as it drove over a metal panel in Tenleytown. (Mike Murillo/WTOP)

WASHINGTON — A utility company says it is investigating what led to the failure of a construction panel, which sent a car into a hole on Wisconsin Avenue.

The panel, which was covering a Pepco work site in Northwest D.C., slipped out of place as a car passed over it Friday evening. Part of the car sank into hole.

“We are thankful no one was injured by the single metal plate that sank above our contractor’s work area,” Pepco spokesman Marcus Beal said in an email to WTOP.

The couple in the car when it went into the hole said Friday that, at first, they didn’t realize what was happening.

“I just came across the plate, and it just pretty much just started sinking,” Scott Thomas of D.C. said Friday.

“I just saw his half of the car just sink down, and I was looking down at him,” Brittni Guevarna added.

Beal said the plate was repaired after the incident.

“After it happened, we immediately inspected all similar project sites to ensure they are safe, and found no areas of concern,” Beal said.

Oversight of projects involving D.C. roads belongs to the DC Department of Transportation. WTOP has reached out to DDOT for comment.

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