DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – A large sinkhole has shut down a lane of Pearl Street in the city of Darlington.
Darlington Fire Chief Pat Cavanaugh said the sinkhole was discovered when the road collapsed under the weight of a fire truck. None of the firefighters on the engine were injured.
He added the hole was about as wide as one traffic lane.
Crews from the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the city of Darlington were working rapidly to get the situation under control, but Cavanaugh asked that residents try to avoid Pearl St. near the Subway.
Darlington City Manager Howard Garland said city officials determined the sinkhole was caused by a sewer line break.
According to Lisa Rock with the City of Darlington, crews continued to work on repairing the sewer line Thursday. The entire street remains blocked near Subway. Crews worked overnight to dig out a 40-foot section of crumbling pipe eight feet underground. The clay sewer pipe dates back 70 to 90 years.
Rock said residents' sewer service is unaffected. Repaving will begin when workers receive a concrete shipment and the city hopes to reopen Pearl St. by Thursday evening.
Garland added parts are being brought in from Columbia and Sumter for the sewer line. The incident is not impacting sewer services for any residents, he said.
The sinkhole was discovered around 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, according to Garland.