VIDEO: Large sinkhole swallows big rig in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A construction truck has fallen into a sinkhole in San Francisco Friday morning, according to authorities.

San Francisco Fire began asking people to avoid the area of 7th and Townsend at around 6:20 a.m.

The sinkhole is estimated to be five by 14 feet. Crews dug down 15 feet and found a 3-foot void between the top of the asphalt and the ground underneath.

What they did not find was water, which often can be the cause of a road washing away. In fact, Betsy Rhodes with the SFPUC says they found no water leaks of any kind and the soil is dry.

So, the source of any water that may have created that void remains a mystery. Rhodes says this appears to be localized to this one spot.

The hole is now being refilled with dirt and will then be cordoned off. The southbound lane of Seventh Street has reopened after being closed due to the sinkhole.

Alejandro Curiel was inside the truck when the sinkhole developed underneath him and swallowed his truck. Fortunately, he was not injured.

Authorities are waiting for crews to arrive to evaluate the situation.

A tow truck, maybe two, will be needed to pull the truck out of the hole.

The truck was removed earlier Friday and the sinkhole has been filled in and cordoned off, Rhodes said.

The hole is expected to be fully repaired on Monday.

Stay with KRON4 News for updates



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