Crews repair sinkhole, water main break on San Ysidro Boulevard

Woman says son injured due to sinkhole

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. - Crews repaired a broken water main after it created a sinkhole and forced the closure of several businesses and a portion of San Ysidro Boulevard Tuesday.

The water from the ruptured 12-inch-diameter concrete pipeline began inundating the 200 block of West San Ysidro Boulevard about 4 p.m. Monday, according to the San Diego Water Department.

The flooding continued for several hours, as crews worked to determine which shutoff gate controlled the flow to the failed main, the department's Arian Collins said.

It was unclear how many customers lost water service once the pipe had been deactivated. No structural flooding was reported.

Ruth Gonzalez told 10News her son, Ron, crashed his motorcycle trying to avoid what looked like a small pothole. She said he was taken to the hospital with back and internal injuries and he has lost feeling in one arm.

Others in the area told 10News that the problem must have been brewing for days because they could feel the ground rumbling.

As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, 10News learned that the faulty pipe was replaced and the surrounding area was cleared of water. Most customers should also have water service back on.

But only one lane of traffic was open eastbound and westbound on San Ysidro Boulevard as of 7 a.m.

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