San Francisco sinkhole
An Uber driver and the family he was transporting fell partway into a sinkhole in San Francisco on May 10.
Uber driver Jose Santana was waiting for the light to change at a busy intersection in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood that evening when the sinkhole opened up beneath his SUV.
“The car goes down right away, so I don’t know what’s happened,” Santana told local television station ABC7 News.
“It was terrifying. We felt that it might completely go down,” passenger Ashok Narayanan told the news station.<
“We kind of thought it was a flat tire, and then we just saw all these people clicking videos and stuff, and the cops just came and they said just don’t move,” said another passenger, Radhika Achuthan. “It was, like, so shocking to see that big, big hole there.”
The 12-foot-by-5-foot pit on Mission Street between New Montgomery and Second streets was caused by a broken and aging sewer line — the third large San Francisco sinkhole to bust open in a little over a year.
Officials said it could take up to two days to fix the hole and get the streets reopened.
The street will remain closed until Wednesday.
Passersby stopped and stared. Monica Berini captured video of the SUV being pulled to solid ground.
“It became kind of fascinating and interesting watching the firefighters pull the car out,” Berini said.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission says a broken sewer line caused the sinkhole, a brick sewer main from 1875.
“Crews will clean it up and they’ll reattach new pipe, make the street whole again and put the street and sewer back into service,” said Charles Sheehan of the SFPUC.
The SFPUC says sewer service is not disrupted.