Tempe water main breaks, bus stuck in sinkhole

A Valley Metro bus got stuck in a sinkhole near McClintock Drive and Apache Boulevard after a water main broke Wednesday morning, Tempe Police Lt. Scott Smith said.

The 11 passengers and driver were able to exit the bus through a side window, but the bus remains stuck in the sinkhole.

McClintock Drive is closed southbound at Don Carlos Avenue and northbound at Broadway Road, Smith said. The lightrail has not been affected and traffic on Apache Boulevard is not closed.

Tempe Spokesperson Amanda Nelson said that a 12 in. waterline broke due to natural causes.

The water in the area has been shut off, and as a result there is an apartment complex and several businesses and buildings in the area are without water while the issue is being resolved, Nelson said.

There were also four homes and one vacant building with fairly minor flooding, Nelson said.

As of 1 p.m., the bus had not been pulled out of the sinkhole, but several tow trucks were coming on the scene to attempt to remove the bus.

UPDATE: The bus has been removed from the sinkhole. A crane had to be used to lift the bus out of the hole after two tow trucks were unable to pull it out.

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