Posted by on May 5, 2017
Categories: Bay Area

Seventh Street is closed between Townsend and Brannan streets in San Francisco as crews work to find the cause of a sinkhole that swallowed up a truck earlier this morning, a spokeswoman said.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area in the city’s South of Market neighborhood. The truck was removed from the sinkhole around 9:30 a.m., according to Betsy Lauppe Rhodes, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco
Public Utilities Commission.

The spokeswoman didn’t know when the street would re-open.

The sinkhole, estimated to be 15 feet by 10 feet, opened up in the parking lane off Seventh and Townsend streets around 5:18 a.m., according to Rhodes. No one was injured in the collapse.

There is an inactive 8-inch sewer main underneath the sinkhole, but the cause of the collapse won’t be known until crews start an investigation after removing the truck, Rhodes said.

Water and sewer service in the area is not affected, the spokeswoman said.

Traffic is being rerouted and travelers are advised to use alternate routes.