MONSTROUS SINKHOLE ‘SWALLOWS’ BUS IN PEAK HOUR
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.
HOLE-Y MOLY: A Port Authority bus sticks out of a large sinkhole on 10th Street near Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh.