Collapsing hillside prompts road closure, evacuations

The Associated Press

EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Authorities say a collapsing hillside in western Pennsylvania has caused portions of a road to collapse along with one building in an apartment complex, which has been evacuated.

Officials say Route 30 in the borough of East Pittsburgh, nine miles (15 kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh, has been collapsing following recent rains and was closed Friday.

Police said two buildings in a nearby complex were evacuated Friday and the remaining four were evacuated after one building collapsed at about 5 a.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said 31 people were evacuated from 29 units.

Officials said the road closure will be long-term, with crews planning to remove subsiding material until they reach solid ground they can build on and reinforce the hillside.