Boyle Heights

Firefighters Prevent Car From Falling in Sink Hole in Boyle Heights Parking Lot

A sink hole opened in a Boyle Heights parking lot.

A car nearly tumbled in to a sink hole blamed on a collapsed sewer line Friday morning in a Boyle Heights parking lot before firefighters responded to save the day.

The sink hole was reported in the 500 block of South Mission Road. Fire crews using heavy equipment prevented the vehicle from falling in, the LAFD said.

“As the hole expanded, a vehicle near the edge was at risk of falling in and colliding with gas lines below,” the LAFD said.

Utility crews also were sent to the neighborhood east of downtown Los Angeles. 

Later Friday, the Los Angeles Department of Public Works said the sink hole was the result of a collapsed sewer line that spilled 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of sewage. Crews have placed sandbags at sewer drains and are working to capture the spilled material from storm drains before it reaches the Los Angeles River.

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