Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Crews are working to determine whether a collapsed pipeline or something else caused a 20′-x-2′ section of 18th Street to buckle early Friday.

The giant hole just north of Poplar in the northbound lanes created little in the way of traffic problems, although one driver badly scraped the bottom of his car before city police and road crews were able to block it off.

A worker on the scene told KMOX News that the bridge where the damage took place was just fine structurally and there was little chance of further collapse.

However, he says they’re hoping to get below ground and determine exactly what the problem is so they can start repairs as quickly as possible before the freezing rain and sleet in the forecast arrives.

Officials with the Metropolitan Sewer District have been called to the scene and the right lane of northbound 18th Street remains closed to traffic.


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