Bryan replacing manhole after sinkhole damages school bus

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Crews in Bryan fixed a sinkhole that opened up beneath a Bryan ISD school bus Tuesday.

The Public Works Department believes an unseen opening near a manhole is to blame for the sinkhole on Crenshaw Street. No kids were injured, but its created a bit of a mess Tuesday afternoon when the school bus was loaded with children and partially sank in the street.

"Everyone jumped up and started screaming," said Jaylen Mosley, an 11-year-old student. The sight frightened some parents like Bridget Swanson.

"I'm very relieved that all of the kids are okay. I really am because it could have been worse," said Swanson.

On Wednesday, work crews returned using heavy machinery to digging into the damaged area. Crews had to dig a four foot by four foot hole to replace a manhole.

"Even if we had inspected the manhole, we wouldn't have necessarily known that there was an actual a void outside of the manhole itself. It just was not visible," said Jayson Barfknecht, Bryan Public Works Director. He said a void had been building undetected under the street.

"It started off small and over time, after several events, it continued to get bigger," he said

"It was just the load the school bus was heavy enough to cause that more structural pavement on top to collapse into the void below it," explained Barfknecht.

"It was no impact on the yard or the house, but it's a little disconcerting to come home and see something like that adjacent," said neighbor Andy McMurray.

"[It's] good nobody was hurt, so that always helps," said McMurray.

"It’s funny. I was actually kind of thinking the other day, what if a sinkhole opened up and swallowed my house just kind of randomly because that kind of stuff happens," he said.

"It's a rare occurrence and we don’t expect it to happen everyday, so residents shouldn't be scared driving around on the streets that they are going to fall off in a hole caused by something underneath," said Barfknecht.

The City finished those repairs Tuesday. They said the road at Crenshaw and East 23rd Streets should reopen around 7:00 p.m. Officials said there was no impact to water customers in the area.