Sinkhole traps Cincinnati city bus

CINCINNATI - Traffic will be a mess in more ways than one Friday morning after a sinkhole trapped a Metro bus in the University Heights area of Cincinnati.

The bus became stuck at about 9 p.m. Thursday with its back half in the sinkhole at Vine and Shield streets -- an intersection next to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The only person on board at the time of the crash was the driver and she was not hurt.

Crews managed to remove the bus overnight but said they still have a lot of work ahead of them.

The 3300 block of Vine Street was still closed early Friday morning as crews continued their work. The MSD did not have an estimate on when the road would reopen.

The Metro Sewer District said the hole is almost seven feet deep. It took two tow trucks lifted the bus from both ends, to pull the bus out of the hole.

Crews said the hole is full of feces and will need to be pumped out. No service has been interrupted.

Neighbors who live nearby said the sinkhole is stirring up fears about where they live.

“They need to redo the whole foundation. The whole street, the pipes and everything because this unsafe. What if somebody was sitting on that bus other than just the bus driver,” resident Tawanda Seldon said. "It can happen at my house, it could be my house, the street is cracking, that hole right there -- that is bigger than any hole I've ever seen in my entire life. I can't imagine me being on the bus then it going into the ground."

Cincinnati Police Sgt. Stewart said Metropolitan Sewer Department (MSD) crews were working in the intersection earlier Thursday afternoon.

MSD officials said crews were repairing sewer lines that are more than 100 years old. Workers had finished for the day and left the road open and unfortunately the ground gave way.

Mike Pittinger of MSD said the hole contains a 21-inch clay pipe that runs 30 feet deep.

(WCPO's Jason Law, Holly Pennebaker and Jesse Folk contributed to this report.)

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