A sinkhole opened up in a Torrance street Thursday, partially swallowing up a trash truck.
The driver had just picked up a load at Riviera Elementary School at 365 Paseo De Arena and was backing out of a driveway about 2:10 p.m. when the street collapsed into the hole, which was opened by a possible storm drain issue and not a broken main, according to Torrance Fire Department Assistant Chief Carl Besanceney.
The 5-foot-deep hole was about 20 feet by 10 feet, "just enough to fit a trash truck," Besanceney said.
Torrance police and personnel from the city's public works and street department were at the scene assessing the situation.
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In the meantime, all lanes of Via Del Collado and Paseo De Arena in that area were closed to traffic and the public was advised to use alternate routes.