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Hidden sink hole swallows bus

Dec. 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM   |   Comments

OCEANSIDE, Calif., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A broken water main is being blamed for a flood and sinkhole that swallowed a municipal bus in California.

As water flooded several streets in Oceanside, Calif., early Wednesday, onlookers told KGTV-San Diego they saw a bus slowly creeping along. The water hid a treacherous sinkhole and one resident who'd stepped out onto his balcony to see what the commotion was about said he watched the bus pitch forward into the depression.

"You could see the water. You didn't know it was a sinkhole," said Kevin Russell, who lives in an apartment complex overlooking the flooded street. "The bus just kind of creeped in and went down."

The bus driver was the only person on the vehicle. He escaped through a side window unharmed.

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