SUV sheers hydrant, is swallowed by sinkhole near LA

DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say an SUV knocked over a fire hydrant and damaged a water main, unleashing a torrent that caused a sinkhole on a suburban street near Los Angeles.

Photos from the scene show parts of a Downey street, sidewalk and private driveway collapsed into a crater of water more than 20 feet (6 meters) across.

Police say a woman driving the SUV swerved to avoid an oncoming car and struck a utility pole and the hydrant late Saturday.

Officials say crews couldn’t turn off the water for hours, causing the ground around the burst pipe to give way. The sinkhole eventually swallowed the SUV. The driver was not inside. No injuries were reported.

Electricity and water service in the neighborhood south of downtown LA were knocked out for more than a day.

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