Holy Sinkhole! Bus Submerged in Deep Sinkhole

A sinkhole caused by a water main break in Oceanside trapped a bus and continues to grow.

City of Oceanside crews are busy pumping water out of a sinkhole on Los Arbolitos Boulevard near Fredricks Avenue.

The sinkhole was approximately 5 feet deep, and 45 by 38 feet wide as of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Around 7 a.m., a public bus "became partially submerged," according to a North County Times report.

Kelvin Harris, the city of Oceanside utility supervisor, said the hole won't get much bigger as they continue to pump water to get down to the main break.

"This happens a lot, but it looks more spectacular because of the mess," said Harris, who noted that a nearby trailer park and apartment complex were without water.

Harris said the road will most likely reopen Thursday.


Hoa Quách December 26, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Five feet deep! That's almost as tall as me :-)
Sandi Barnes December 26, 2012 at 11:51 PM
There are 400+ mobile homes in the San Luis Rey Mobilehome Park. They are our Seniors (Mobile) Homes...not trailors in a trailor parks. Thank you
unknownone December 27, 2012 at 01:43 AM
yeah it sucks cuz nobody can park their car on the side of the street and on top of that i got no water!!! here's the video i recorded because i had nothing else better to do http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaGq_LKYM08 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n16zzBrcRbA
PhilM December 27, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Updated link from North County Times: http://www.nctimes.com/special-reports/crime-fire/rescuers-dunked-helping-bus-driver-in-sinkhole/article_627c6d7c-a492-5817-995f-0bdba7584607.html Seems the sink-hole was created by a broken water line, doesn't the utility track the losses in the system? According to NCT, the utility manager is blaming the rain!


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