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Repairs begin on 15-foot hole near Batavia

Byron, N.Y. -- Work has begun to fix a hole that's 15-feet deep along Route 237 in Genesee County.

It's a hole where Maddex Haymon, 4, ended up at the bottom of minutes after he, his dad and brother left for a bike ride on Saturday.

"When they came back, his nostrils were full of mud his ears, he was a little blooded up," said Maddex's mom, Korinne.

Maddex and his brother Hendrik were being pulled in this carrier behind their dad, Shane, at the time when they saw a small hole and stopped.

"I was in there and I was watching Dad, and when he stepped there I saw it crumble and I felt it roll then I jumped out and Maddex fell in," said Hendrik.

"(Shane) says he just blacked out," Korinne said. "He said within a split second it happened, under a minute that he hosted Maddex up, and once he was out he just told the boys to stay away from the road and he pulled the bike the rest of the way in and just stood on top of the carrier and was just digging at the earth trying to get out."

According to Genesee County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens, the hole was caused by the crumbling of a roughly 40-year-old pipe.

"I think the cold winter might have actually saved us from this happening last fall or during the winter," he said, adding the county was planning on replacing the pipe this summer.

He said this ws the worst collapse caused by an old pipe he's seen in 15 years.

According to Hens, the 120-foot pipe will take about two weeks to replace.

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