Sinkhole on Truxtun Ave worse than crews thought

A photo provided by the city of Bakersfield, Calif., shows a sinkhole on Truxtun Avenue.

The far right lane of westbound Truxtun Avenue approaching the Westside Parkway on-ramp is closed after a sinkhole developed.

Bakersfield Public Works officials say the sinkhole was discovered on Sunday afternoon after several cars were damaged. Michael Connor, the street superintendent for the city, said tires, rims and bumpers were damaged, and a few cars were towed away.

Connor said water from the Kern River is flowing under some streets, and it's causing erosion beneath the surface. The heat is also destroying the asphalt and causing streets to cave.

"It's been a while now since we have seen anything like this with the river," said Connor. "I've seen sewer lines cave in, but nothing like this."

Officials say engineers are trying to figure out how to repair the 4-foot deep sinkhole. They said they can't fix it until the river levels go down.

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