Some lanes open, plenty left to repair at site of sinkhole

Water pours from a broken line into a large sinkhole

Repair crews have reopened northbound lanes of Detroit Ave. at Bancroft after a large sinkhole opened up, swallowing a car and driver Wednesday.

Crews worked through the July 4th holiday to clear debris and remove blockages from the combined sewer system within the hole.

The city says it continues to work to identify the source of the cave-in; however, some have pointed to an outdated sewer line built in the late 1800's.

According to police, a woman travelling southbound on Detroit Ave. at Bancroft drove into the large hole around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. The entire vehicle, with driver inside, became engulfed by the hole in the road. The driver was extricated with no serious injuries.

The old line and giant cavern below the roadway can be seen in dramatic photos given to WNWO by the Toledo Fire Department. VIEW PHOTOS

Southbound lanes of Detroit Ave. remain closed, as do the eastbound curb lane and westbound turn lane of Bancroft.

Water service was temporarily disconnected to 25 customers in the area. That service has resumed; however, customers remain on a boil advisory until further notice.

Road crews expect to have repairs complete by mid-to-late next week.