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Cave-in perhaps due to sewer collapse closes intersection

January 21, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a busy intersection in Philadelphia’s Center City has been closed due to what is being described as a large cave-in.

Officials told WTXF-TV that they believe the sewer collapsed at the intersection of 20th and Chestnut streets, and it’s not believed to be weather-related.

The Philadelphia Water Department says it will have crews on the site Tuesday to make a preliminary assessment of work that needs to be done.

Northbound cars will be detoured at Sansom Street and eastbound cars won’t be able to go on Chestnut beyond 21st Street. Drivers are urged to avoid the area if possible.

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