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Sinkhole or Landslide: Whatever, Watch Cars Get Swallowed as City Road Collapses

Baltimore residents and workers shared video and photos on social media as vehicles vanished one by one into a landslide.

A Baltimore resident posted a YouTube video of an SUV slowly tipping over and vanishing into a collapsed hillside. Credit: YouTube screenshot
A Baltimore resident posted a YouTube video of an SUV slowly tipping over and vanishing into a collapsed hillside. Credit: YouTube screenshot

Was it a sinkhole, a landslide or a street collapse?

Whatever you call it -- and Baltimore officials first used the term sinkhole Wednesday to describe the action as a block-long section of street collapsed and slid down a hill -- it's amazing to watch.

Check out this YouTube video of an SUV tipping over and then vanishing from view down into the chasm below.

Vehicles in North Baltimore vanished one by one Wednesday afternoon, burying train tracks at the bottom of the slide and prompting warnings from emergency officials for residents to avoid the area.

Posts on Twitter and Facebook from workers and residents in the area of 26th Street between Charles and St. Paul streets showed photos and video of vehicles teetering on the crumbling street, with overturned vehicles resting below at the bottom of the collapsed area.

Tom Sharp May 01, 2014 at 01:52 PM
LOL, sinkhole? Nice way to cover it up as some sort of natural occurrence having a wall collapse and having your car plummet into a hole. Did any of the cars have those "I love city life" bumper stickers on them?
Eric Sutton May 01, 2014 at 09:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrNluXrrHKY
Robin Anderson May 05, 2014 at 07:23 AM
Eric, thanks for posting this link, which is an unbelievable sight and way better than the example Patch has posted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrNluXrrHKY
Buck Harmon May 02, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Got it wrong again there Deb, this was the failure of a retaining wall that was over 100 years old due to lack of maintenance and a squabble between CSX and the City over who was responsible to maintain and repair it. Local community members have been attempting to get the city and CSX to address the dangerous issue for many years out of fear that this might occur. Now the folks effected by this are getting screwed by insurance company claims that this was an act of god...a total trainload of crap. Patch should get it's act together before reporting half of the story. Probably the reason that they seem to be failing.
Buck Harmon May 02, 2014 at 08:49 AM
I would love to know the name of the structural engineering firm that Rawlings Blake hired to inspect this structure...that would be another story for someone that considered to be a journalistic reporter...

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