Crews work to fix sinkhole on Penn State campus

October 31, 2012 

A sinkhole opened up Tuesday morning in the meadow area near Park Avenue on the Penn State campus.

Crews initially discovered a bell-shaped void about 10 feet across at the top and possibly 20 feet across at the bottom, according to Paul Ruskin, a Penn State spokesman. The collapsing cavity broke a 20-foot section of a 24 inch diameter storm drain.

The broken pipe will be repaired next week, and until then a temporary pump is being used. The sinkhole development is likely related to the recent rainfall from Hurricane Sandy; however, a sinkhole did exist in the same area before the construction of the East Sub-Campus in 2002, Ruskin said.

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