MON­STROUS SINK­HOLE ‘SWAL­LOWS’ BUS IN PEAK HOUR

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

THE morn­ing com­mute was more of a strug­gle than usual for com­muters in the Steel City on Mon­day, af­ter a large sink­hole opened up in down­town Pitts­burgh and swal­lowed part of a bus.

The Port Au­thor­ity of Al­legheny County said the in­ci­dent hap­pened on Penn Ave at 10th Street dur­ing the height of the morn­ing rush hour, when the sink­hole opened up and swal­lowed the back sec­tion of the bus. Pho­tos from the scene showed the en­tire rear of the bus in the sink­hole, with the front part of the ve­hi­cle stick­ing up in the air.

“For those cu­ri­ous, the heav­i­est part of the bus is the back be­cause that’s where the en­gine is lo­cated,” the Port Au­thor­ity tweeted. “This bus was stopped at a red light at the time this oc­curred.” Emer­gency crews were called to the scene just be­fore 8am. Wit­nesses told WPXI-TV the bus was at a red light when the street sud­denly gave way and the bus fell into the hole.

Of­fi­cials told KDKA that only two peo­ple were on the bus at the time: the driver and a pas­sen­ger.

The Port Au­thor­ity said the lone pas­sen­ger on board was treated by medics for what was de­scribed as a mi­nor in­jury.

Pic­ture: PITTS­BURGH POST-GAZETTE/AP

HOLE-Y MOLY: A Port Au­thor­ity bus sticks out of a large sink­hole on 10th Street near Penn Av­enue in Pitts­burgh.

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