Repairs underway after charter bus gets stuck in hole near Capitol

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A charter bus in Harrisburg was pulled out of what was first called a sinkhole but later determined to be a sewer line collapse.

No one was injured in Tuesday morning’s incident at State and Susquehanna streets near the state Capitol.

About 65 passengers were on the bus from Pittsburgh for a rally at the Capitol against the Republican health care bill in Congress.

“The bus was stopped. We were trying to figure out where to go and all of a sudden it was a boom and the bus tilted,” bus passenger Granville Kennedy said. “That was it. It was just a crunching sound when the bus went down.”

“I was in the bathroom and when I was exiting, that’s when it tilted,” passenger Burton Brown said. “I didn’t see the expression on people’s faces till I went out.”

City officials said drivers shouldn’t worry about a further collapse.

“Our trash truck runs this street every day. Our trash truck is pretty heavy,” public works director Aaron Johnson said. “We just had plow trucks down here for the snow emergency, so we had heavy vehicles down here. It could go any minute, but this morning it went with the charter bus.”

“We don’t want the public to public to panic and think this whole street is going to collapse because that is not the case,” he said.

A crew worker with Capital Region Water said they will be working to repair the hole through Tuesday night well into Wednesday morning. CRW said they will be working at least through 8 a.m. Wednesday morning with the north side of State Street in front of the Capitol shut down.

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