PINE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Cleanup efforts are underway after a landslide, water main break and gas line rupture early this morning in Pine Township.
The debris forced drivers to find other routes because of a blocked roadway.
Part of this hillside along Warrendale Bayne Road collapsed around 2 a.m., creating more than just a muddy mess.
“The gas lines broke, the water line broke and the power lines were affected as well,” said Sgt. Chuck Siebert, of the Northern Regional Police.
The owner of Boff’s Towing had been on the phone all morning, trying to figure out how to deal with the problem. He told KDKA’s Heather Abraham off camera that he had to move several parked cars before they went over the edge.
“Probably just because of all the rain that we’ve had, landslides all over the place,” said Sgt. Siebert. “This one just happened to occur here.”
Luckily, it’s not a populated residential area, but it is a heavily traveled road.
“A lot of traffic was diverted, but we’ve had no problems because of it,” he added. “People were able to get around.”
Some school buses needed to be detoured around the area. Pine Richland School District said two of their buses needed to be rerouted, thankfully only causing minor delays.
And crews ran into more problems trying to fix the broken gas line.
“They were trying to repair the hillside and work on the hillside at the same time and they caught the gas line with one of the pieces of equipment,” added Sgt. Siebert.
Crews also planned to have at least one tree removed to stabilize the hillside.