26th Street, Baltimore was the scene of a strange incident. A landslide caused a sinkhole of sorts that gulped down quite a few solitary cars. No one was hurt since the cars were empty and had no passengers or drivers in them at the time.
Yet the event is proof of the lack of attention that the federal authorities give to the maintenance and upkeep of roads and streets. Major portions of the road simply buckled in and sank into the CSX tracks down below. Less than a dozen cars went into the bog (Baltimore sinkhole).
Please avoid the area of 26th St & N Charles St. A major sinkhole has opened impacting the CSX rail below.. Multiple city agencies on scene.— Baltimore OEM (@BaltimoreOEM) April 30, 2014
“The building shook at about 3:45 like a train derailed. We came running out here and the side of 26th Street just collapsed into the pit where CSX trains go,” one man said. “The wall, the lights, the cars–everything parked on that side of the street–gone.”
Everything, from the cars to the other fixtures on the street, simply vanished into the cesspit. The rumble of a landslide was followed by a flurry of dust and finally the means of transportation just collapsed into the railroad track.
“We stood back and then within a ten second period of time the whole… it’s like the ground opened up and the cars just kind of slid down and the whole retaining wall just gave way,” a man whose own car slid down said. “There was a giant crash and a plume of dust. One neighbor was screaming and crying. It was pretty traumatic.”
Some of the residents of the area said they already knew such a fate lay in the future. The government had been receiving complains from many concerned citizens about the public roads and city streets. But all that carping had fallen on deaf ears.
“The street had dropped in some areas six to eight inches. There were large splits parallel with the rail tracks,” said Jeff Larry.
The authorities have sent firefighters and other rescue squad cars to retrieve the cars from the sinkhole. Many of the bystanders were quoted as saying that the whole scenario reminded them of a Hollywood movie. It was absolutely terrifying and horrific. It is a miracle that there have been no injuries.
Had any of the car owners been inside or even within close proximity to their vehicles there may have been quite a few casualties. The mayor of Baltimore has issued a statement that it is a blessing that no human life was harmed in the process. The event was almost like an earthquake when the ground beneath the vehicles simply opened up and took them in.
CSX released a statement, saying:
“In Baltimore, Maryland, this afternoon an embankment collapsed onto CSX railroad tracks near 26th and North Charles Streets. Train traffic in the area has been stopped. We are working closely with authorities to assess damage, assure public safety and determine next steps and will provide updates.”