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Pothole on Loop Parkway damages vehicles

More than 10 vehicles suffered damage -- mostly blown tires -- when a pothole opened up on the eastbound Loop Parkway north of Point Lookout Monday.

State Police secured the scene with cones and flares and assisted the drivers of at least 10 vehicles, said Trooper Frank Bandiero, Long Island spokesman. No one was hurt in any of the incidents.

The pothole, in the right-hand lane west of the drawbridge near the Meadowbrook State Parkway, was fixed by a New York State Department of Transportation maintenance crew by 4:30 p.m., spokesman Beau Duffy said.

Anthony Romano, 44, of Atlantic Beach, was one of the unlucky ones. Romano and his wife, Lisa, only recently replaced their two Sandy-damaged cars. Monday, Anthony Romano was driving his Mercedes E350 through the area when he spied the pothole, but was on top of it before he could evade it.

"I realized instantly something was wrong. I pulled over a short distance afterward and suddenly saw that I was one of several that had struck the hole," said Romano.

At least another one, maybe two vehicles followed suit while Romano was on the phone getting help. Romano's car was one of two vehicles towed from the scene, said Bandiero. The car sustained damage to the rims and Romano is getting it checked out to be sure about the suspension or any other damage.

"All I know, it was big and I couldn't get out of the way. I was fearful someone was going to get hurt," he said.

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