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UPDATED: Massive Sinkhole in Baltimore Swallows Vehicles

A sinkhole along 26th Street between Charles and St. Paul streets in North Baltimore swallowed multiple vehicles and covered train tracks.

A different angle on the sinkhole along 26th Street in Baltimore. Credit: Twitter via @GoffSolid
A different angle on the sinkhole along 26th Street in Baltimore. Credit: Twitter via @GoffSolid

Updated at 6:55 p.m.

A sinkhole swallowed cars in North Baltimore Wednesday afternoon, burying train tracks at the bottom of the slide and prompting warnings from emergency officials for residents to avoid the area.

Posts on Twitter and Facebook from workers and residents in the area of 26th Street between Charles and St. Paul streets showed photos and video of vehicles teetering on the crumbling street, with overturned vehicles resting below at the bottom of the collapsed area.

The Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management tweeted Wednesday afternoon: “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.”

Gretchen LeGrand, executive director of the non-profit Code In The Schools, posted a video on her Facebook page of the vehicles from the vantage point of her office across the CSX tracks, says WMAR TV.

Nels Schumacher, who lives on East 25th Street, told the Baltimore Business Journal he was at home when neighbors banged on his door, telling him to go outside. He started taking pictures of his 1997 Saturn as it began to sink onto tracks used by CSX freight trains.

"I was standing here taking pictures of my car as it was slowly moving toward the ravine," Schumacher told the Business Journal. "The cars sank about five or six feet, and then the whole wall came down."

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the street collapse caused no serious injuries.

Rawlings-Blake said train traffic has been halted on that section of track. 

Pete Grosso May 01, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Not a sinkhole or landslide. The retaining wall, that dates to about 1893 failed and gave way, don't know why the media keeps calling it a sinkhole.
Buck Harmon May 01, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Most of Baltimore's infrastructure is antiquated and has never been maintained properly. The electric grid system in Baltimore looks like from a third world country as well...
Deb Belt May 01, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Thanks for the comments. The term massive sinkhole was used by Baltimore Office of Emergency Management to describe the collapse, just an FYI.
Matthew Riesner May 01, 2014 at 12:52 PM
Gee another Cessie and Seaboard (CSX) wreck...probably due to their lack of maintainence and investment. In the past 48 hours a CSX train derailed in Bowie, MD, one in VA, and a retaining wall privately built by the B&O, which is now owned by CSX collapsed onto the rails in Baltimore. CSX does not property maintain their properties, not fixing fences, allowing the area around the tracks to become an unsightly jungle, not cutting the grass or trimming the trees, not fixing fixures on their property, and allowing the rail bridges to crumble and then point the blame at municipalities. This has little to do with Baltimore and has much more to do with CSX's culture of not giving a damn about their property.
Jake Mohorovic May 04, 2014 at 10:17 AM
CSX refuses to remove graffiti from their overhead bridge crossing Merritt Blvd in Dundalk. Bad CSX neighborhood

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