PWD closes busy Center City street after SEPTA bus gets stuck in sinkhole

Kevin Wright
May 10, 2019 - 7:41 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A sinkhole leaves a busy Center City block shutdown and a SEPTA bus going nowhere fast. 

At around 5 p.m. Friday the Chestnut Street roadway opened up beneath the rear wheel of SETPA’s route 42 bus.

Thankfully, SEPTA says, no one was reported injured in the incident.

Local businesses, like Di Bruno Bros. tell KYW Newsradio, that despite the road closure foot traffic has not slowed down ahead of Mother’s Day weekend.

PWD spokesman John DiGiulio says crews are on the scene at this time to do “preliminary testing,” but they do not know how long it will take to determine what caused this “cave-in.”

In the mean time, Chestnut Street between 18th and 17th Streets will remain closed until further notice, DiGiulio says. 

Sinkholes also seem to be becoming a trend along this stretch of road. KYW Newsradio previously reported on a “large cave-in” that forced the intersection of Chestnut and 20th Street to shut down at the beginning of this year.

In that incident, Philadelphia Water Department officials say a defect in the sewer is what caused that street collapse.