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Cranes remove bus partially swallowed by Pittsburgh sinkhole

October 29, 2019 GMT
Wendell Hissrich, Pittsburgh public safety director, speaks to the media at the scene where a Port Authority bus fell into a large sinkhole on 10th Street near Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
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Wendell Hissrich, Pittsburgh public safety director, speaks to the media at the scene where a Port Authority bus fell into a large sinkhole on 10th Street near Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
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Wendell Hissrich, Pittsburgh public safety director, speaks to the media at the scene where a Port Authority bus fell into a large sinkhole on 10th Street near Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A bus that was partially swallowed when a sinkhole opened during morning rush hour in downtown Pittsburgh has been removed from the hole.

Authorities said earlier Monday that two cranes arrived to remove the city bus. The city’s official Twitter account later posted a video of the removal.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County says the driver and a 56-year-old female passenger were aboard when the bus plunged into the hole Monday morning. Officials say the passenger was treated at a hospital and released.

Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich says the bus was sitting on three power lines, two of them 22,000-volt lines. He said there are also fiberoptic cables, and damage to them could affect communications in the tri-state area.

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The lines and pipes will be assessed and repaired.