BALTIMORE - About a dozen parked cars tumbled in a massive "sinkhole" in Baltimore Wednesday.
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
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said there were no injuries.
“We’re extremely blessed that were talking about property damage and damage to the streets and not any loss of life,” she said.
She was unable, shortly before 6 p.m., to provide a timeline of when the collapse would be cleaned up. She too urged curious onlookers to avoid the area. She added that officials had communicated with CSX representatives and that train operations were halted in that area. The mayor would later clarify that it was a retaining wall collapsed and not necessarily a sinkhole collapse.
Neighbors call the area Pastel Row, because each house along the street is painted a different color. The homes were built in the 1920s, some buildings date back to the 1890s. Diane Shaw works the Leffler Agency, which is located on North Charles Street, not from the collapse.
"We all assumed it was an accident because this intersection is really bad for that.” Shaw said. “I know CSX won’t be running for awhile because those cars are lying on the middle of the track.”
Her colleagues flooded out of the three-floor agency with the slow realization that the cars parked along 26th Street weren't there.
“The building shock almost like the earthquake but not quite as bad. … I came out and the street was gone. Just like that,” Bob Leffler, founder and president of the agency, said.
Residents told ABC2 News reporter Brian Kuebler that the collapse took about 15 seconds and sounded like the dull roar of thunder.
Gretchen LeGrand, executive director of the non-profit Code In The Schools, captured stunning images of the cars from the vantage point of her office across the CSX tracks.
Holy cow. This just happened right next to my office. They are evacuating block now. http://t.co/a5n9OWxeM0— Gretchen LeGrand (@GretchenLeGrand) April 30, 2014