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A Jackson Public School Bus falls in sinkhole

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The City of Jackson's aging infrastructure has reared its ugly head again. The morning commute for a Capital City Alternative School Bus took a ugly turn when it ended up in a sinkhole flowing with water.

“It has gotten so much worse, that the water has gotten so worse that the water pressure had knocked the barricade over and the bus driver did not see it,”  said resident Judy Everett.

Judy Everett saw what happened this morning and said it's pretty sad that the sinkholes are so large on her street that even a bus can't dodge them.

“I lived here for 18 years and it is progressively getting worse and it is getting worse a lot faster now I guess because of the age of the street and it is very frustrating,” said Everett.

Her neighbor Greg Griffin is just as frustrated.

“If a school bus can fall in, it has to be pretty deep,” said Griffin.

He said the sinkhole was created by a water main break more than two years ago.

“When it first started, it probably out this big," said Griffin. "They came out and repaired and filled it with sand and rocks and they never put anymore asphalt down, so that was kind of an indication that the work was not complete.” 

These neighbors said the city has done lots of patch work, but a creek still remains in the middle of their street and now it's cutting the water pressure.

“For me this morning it has been a hindrance for me because I was not able to go to work. I have to hunt down a place to take a shower,” said Griffin.

WLBT spoke with the city and it came out to access the problem within minutes and later fixed the hole.

The City of Jackson said it’s aware it has infrastructure issues.  A one cent sales tax increase was granted to help pay for repairs.

“We got to get it done," added Griffin. "It is time out for the talking, posturing and red tape, whatever else is in the way,” said Griffin.

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