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Leaky underground pipe caused sinkhole at Maize South High School (+video)

VIDEO: Sinkhole at Maize South High School

A sinkhole appeared Thursday at Maize South High School. School officials said Friday that a leak in an underground pipe led to erosion that caused part of the drive to buckle under the weight of a school bus. (Julie Mah/The Wichita Eagle)
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A sinkhole appeared Thursday at Maize South High School. School officials said Friday that a leak in an underground pipe led to erosion that caused part of the drive to buckle under the weight of a school bus. (Julie Mah/The Wichita Eagle)

School officials said Friday that a leak in an underground pipe caused a sinkhole at Maize South High School the day before.

The bus was parked when its left rear tire began to sink through the paved road Thursday, according to a news release from the district. Students were on the bus, but no injuries were reported.

The drainage pipe led to erosion, according to the district website; it runs under the drive and carries rainwater from the school's roof.

The bus was about to transport students home from Maize South Middle School and Maize South High School. The Maize school district e-mailed parents of the situation, and bus routes were delayed Thursday as a result of the sinkhole.

The sinkhole measured about 7 feet across and 6 feet deep, according to the release.

Crews will repair the pipe, fill the hole and fix the road, the district said.

Reach Matt Riedl at 316-268-6660 or mriedl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @RiedlMatt.

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