Manholes cause damage to Memphis vehicles

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Inverted manhole covers reportedly sent drivers to repair shops to fix damaged tires and wheels.

One of the inverted covers was located on Shelby Drive at Airways. Michael Ridley, contacted WREG after he said he hit the inverted cover and it slashed a hole in his tired and cracked his rim.

Another driver, reported a similar situation along Shelby Drive closer to Lamar.

MLGW owned the manhole cover in question and said they were not aware of anyone removing, inverting, or stealing the covers.

As odd as it sounds, reports of stolen manhole covers stretch from New Orleans, to New York City.  Some are taken and used as art work, others sold for scraps.

MLGW spokeswoman, Gayle Carson Jones, said she would look into the reports of manhole cover problems, but was not immediately aware of an issue.

If you wind up with damage from a cover owned by MLGW you're advised to contact them. An inspector will review what happened to you and determine if the company is liable.

Usually, the need to know there's an issue, before they accept responsibility.



  • Disturbed

    WREG, please do your research before reporting. It’s obvious those aren’t manholes. Manholes are designed for a person to climb into, hence the name manhole. These are water valve covers ( please see the writing on the cover). Maybe it just sounds better to say people are running over manholes. You should be embarrassed.

  • Jerry

    Manholes r different than water valves tops. Manholes r a lot of heavier to make a manhole top come off u r going to need a puller or a section of the manhole was broken when the car ran over it causing it to come out.

  • Truthy

    Seeing that most of Channel 3’s biggest fans live in Midtown, the “manhole” tag was probably just a way to titillate their most loyal viewers.

  • Skeptic

    Drive ANY major street and the larger MANHOLE covers will jar you and your vehicle. Its like driving on an obstacle course. Its causes drivers to veer into other lanes to avoid them. Think texting is bad, manhole dodge-em’ is just as bad or worse.

  • Don

    The motorist may have hit one of the lids on a man hole that was taken off by someone. The only thing he needs as a replacement wheel. You can get one from any junk yard cheap.

    • Don

      This is a scam, The back wheel was damaged, The front wheel would have been damaged more because it would have had the most weight on it. This ain’t no Ghetto Lotto.

  • Thomas H. Evans

    Pot Holes, Man Holes, who cares, just fix them! I’m sure most of the people in Memphis don’t like their front ends damaged from all the pot holes while we run around putting in bike lanes all over the city. By the way, where is that one truck that’s supposed to fix all the pot holes in this city.

  • John G

    Cant fix no freaking manholes,pot holes etc we are spending to much money on all the gun shot victims we have!


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