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Sinkhole shuts down cable car in downtown San Francisco

A cable car sits in the middle of a street
As of Tuesday evening, cable car service was suspended on California Street due to a sinkhole. | Source: Courtesy San Francisco Fire Department

A sinkhole in Downtown San Francisco forced an intersection to close and suspended cable car service on Tuesday evening.

The cable car service is running normally as of Wednesday morning.

The San Francisco Fire Department alerted residents around 7:30 p.m. that a sinkhole had developed near California and Montgomery streets, urging people to avoid the area. A SFFD spokesperson told The Standard the hole was located in the middle of the intersection next to the cable car tracks, measuring about three feet deep and four feet wide.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said it temporarily suspended California Street’s cable car service due to the incident. The agency said on X that it was unsure whether the street’s bus line would operate on Wednesday.

A worker uses a broom to brush water on a cable car track next to a sinkhole
A sinkhole on California Street measures roughly 3 feet deep, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. | Source: Courtesy San Francisco Fire Department

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The fire department said the Department of Public Works had stopped the hole from growing by 9 p.m. Tuesday. The cause is still being investigated.

The Public Works did not immediately respond to The Standard’s request for comment. The SFFD spokesperson said Public Works at the scene were confident the intersection would be open by Wednesday morning.

This is a developing story.

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