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Sinkhole In Pittsburgh Almost Swallows Kia Optima

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The roads in Pennsylvania are hungry.

A sinkhole in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has opened up and given us some incredible images. It swallowed the back end of a bus at around 8 am local time, and the driver of a blue Kia Optima found themselves staring into the abyss behind it. The bus had been sitting at a red light when the road beneath gave way under its back wheels. A water main had broken underneath the road, weakening the foundation for the concrete to the point it couldn't take the weight of the engine over the rear wheels of the bus.

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As we can see in the pictures, the rear of the bus just dropped right in the sinkhole, leaving the wheels high off the ground and the driver staring at the sky. The Kia driver was lucky not to find themselves following the bus into the hole and, instead, just suddenly discovering their front wheels dangling over the edge. According to a report from Action News 4, the hole is around 20 feet deep and 75 feet wide. Two people were on the bus when the sinkhole opened, and both were able to escape the bus safely.

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Twitter / Pittsburgh Public Safety Dept

The Kia Optima was rescued first, but retrieving the bus is a much bigger operation. Once the situation had been evaluated, the bus had to be lifted straight up due to electrical equipment and gas lines being involved. Two cranes arrived at the start of the evening rush hour to start work pulling the bus out. The current estimation is that the street will have to remain closed for around eight weeks for repairs. Officials aren't satisfied with gas, electricity, or water problems in terms of safety, while lines from communication companies are in the area of the sinkhole. If they are damaged, it could create communications problems across the tri-state area.

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Twitter / Pittsburgh Public Safety Dept
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