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Road cracks, school bus falls

Rochester, N.Y. A leaking water main installed in 1914 caused part of a school bus to fall about 4 feet as the road crumbled beneath it on Colvin Street.

None of the 27 students onboard were injured and the school bus was able to drive away after being pulled out.

City workers spent much of the morning trying to find the source of the break, which turned out to be a leak in water main.

Rochester Water Director Bob Morrison said the water main had probably been leaking for a few days.

Were always reacting to these as we notice them, he said. In this case the water didnt come to the surface, so we didnt see the problem.

Morrison added the long-lasting cold weather may have also contributed to the water main leak.

In some cases the frost is penetrated 4 feet into the ground, he said, warning about possible future leaks or breaks because of the weather. That impacts the bedding of the water main, and will result in a leak.

Morrison said hes confident in the roads and pipes in Rochester, even the older ones.

We have a very aggressive capital program for replacing water mains, he continued. We also have a low leak history in Rochester, so we feel good about our mains.

Theres a temporary cover on Colvin Street where the road crumbled, and the street is no longer blocked off. It's not yet clear when the road will be permanently fixed.

The school bus is used by the Urban Choice Charter School and operated by The First Student bus company. According to the company the bus does not have any serious damage.

 
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