Metro bus falls into large sinkhole - KCTV5

Sinkhole that trapped bus could take weeks to fix

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A Metro bus fell into a large sinkhole Thursday night. Ben Katko/FOX19 A Metro bus fell into a large sinkhole Thursday night. Ben Katko/FOX19
The hole on Friday morning after the bus was towed. FOX19 The hole on Friday morning after the bus was towed. FOX19
A metro bus fell into a sinkhole Thursday night. Ben Katko/FOX19 A metro bus fell into a sinkhole Thursday night. Ben Katko/FOX19
A tow truck lifts a Metro bus out of a large sinkhole. Ben Katko/FOX19 A tow truck lifts a Metro bus out of a large sinkhole. Ben Katko/FOX19
AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) -

Officials are investigating the cause of a large sinkhole that trapped a Metro bus Thursday.

Sewer crews were called to East Shields and Vine streets around 6:30 p.m. for reports of buckled pavement. They identified a backup of sewage upstream that was causing the issue. Now officials are saying the sinkhole could take up to a month to fix.

A Metro bus drove over the buckled road around 9 p.m. at which point the sinkhole opened up. The driver was the only person on board at the time of the crash and was not injured. 

Authorities were able to remove the bus from the hole and tow it away.  Crews were onsite all night investigating the extent of the sinkhole and damage.

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati says it is still too early to determine the cause of the sinkhole or the extent of the issue, but they are considering aged pipes in the investigation. They said the infrastructure dates back to 1913 and is in need of repairs.

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