WATCH: Video shows Cincinnati city bus falling into sinkhole at University Heights intersection

Repairs may take up to a month, MSD says

CINCINNATI - Watch a Metro bus fall into the sinkhole. Click on the first video in the player above.

CINCINNATI --  It could take a month to repair a massive sinkhole that almost swallowed a Metro bus in University Heights Thursday night.

The sinkhole – 39 feet long and 20 feet deep in some places - left crews dealing with a mess of collapsed concrete, raw sewage and broken sewer pipes Friday.

Some people at the site were calling it a "stinkhole" because of the foul smell of excrement that filled the area Friday morning.


A sinkhole almost swallowed up a Metro bus on Vine Street Thursday. Click the photo for more pictures Terry Helmer | WCPO

WATCH: See new video in the player above

The bus – with only the driver onboard – was traveling through the intersection of Vine and Shield streets  -- next to University of Cincinnati Medical Center and behind the Cincinnati Zoo – when the street caved in and the back of the bus sank.

The driver was not hurt.


 Jason Law | WCPO

It took two tow trucks to lift the bus from both ends and pull the bus out of the hole.

MSD officials said crews had been repairing 100-year-old sewer lines Thursday. Mike Pittinger of MSD said a 21-inch clay pipe runs 30 feet deep under the street.

Workers had finished for the day and left the road open, and it gave way under the weight of the bus.

While MSD crews pumped out the sewage Friday, city crews were at work building a large steel frame to lower into the hole to give workers protection from a possible cave-in.

Neighbors said the sinkhole stirred up fears about where they live.

“They need to redo the whole foundation - the whole street, the pipes and everything - because this is unsafe," Tawanda Seldon said.

"What if somebody was sitting on that bus other than just the bus driver? 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."

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WCPO's Tom McKee, Zac Pitts and Jason Law contributed to this report.

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